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Russia Offers Crimean Ports To Iran To Defeat US Sanctions

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Sevastopol is a port city located on the Black Sea coast of Crimean peninsula. It has a population of 328,600 (2004). Former home of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, the city is now a naval base of the Russian Navy

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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1 comment

Walkin O'Shea September 6, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Moscow can’t be so naive as to allow Iran, the world’s largest exporter of muslim terrorism, that’s Iran, the world’s largest promoter and funding agent for some of the world’s worst muslim extremist groups, a permanent harbor for export of not legal but illegal oil. Does Moscow not see that today the muslims are at Europe’s doorstep but tomorrow they’ll be through Russia’s door. I don’t know if you’re aware or not Mr. Putin, but you have a serious muslim problem right on your own borders just waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of your good will. In a very short time, you will have your very own personal mullah on hand, telling you what and how you should be doing things. So long Russia, it’s been good to know ya.


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