Iran’s oil export economy is being strangled by sanctions via the Trump administration in an effort to stop Tehran’s nuclear program. Russia, an ally of Iran in Syria and elsewhere, has offered its ports in the annexed region of Crimea on the Black Sea as a workaround to American restrictions.
Iran is increasingly looking for alternative trade routes to skirt tensions in the Persian Gulf brought on by U.S. sanctions, reported The Moscow Tims.
Iran is increasingly looking to build trade via Caspian Sea routes as a workaround from tensions in the Persian Gulf generated by the crushing sanctions regime imposed on Tehran by the US, which includes the objective of attempting to force Iranian oil exports to zero. More and more Iranian trade shipments now move along the routes that connect with northern Iran. They include fast-moving consumer goods and grain consignments, reported bne IntelliNews.
Georgy Muradov, the deputy prime minister of Crimea’s Russian-backed government, saidCrimea is “sending signals” of cooperation to Iran “given the anti-Iranian policy of the United States.”
“For example, Iran could use our port facilities to transport oil,” Muradov told the state-run TASS news agency.
“Iran can take advantage of our shipping opportunities and river-sea canals, transporting oil over the Volga-Don canal, via Crimea, to the Black Sea,” Muradov said in an interview published last Tuesday, wrote The Moscow Times.
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