US Threatens To ‘Disrupt’ Iranian-Russian Network Of Oil-Shipments To Syria

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The US has introduced sanctions against what it described a network of oil-shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals.

The US Treasury Department claimed that the move is alimed at disrupting shipments to Syrian-owned ports. It stated that the sanctioned individuals and companies are involved in a “complex and malign scheme” to bolster the government of Bashar al-Assad.

According to this very version, Russian companies act as middlemen, taking money from Iran and moving the oil to Syria.

“Today we are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, according to the released statement. “Central Bank of Iran officials continue to exploit the international financial system, and in this case even used a company whose name suggests a trade in humanitarian goods as a tool to facilitate financial transfers supporting this oil scheme. We are issuing an Advisory today identifying the grave risks to the maritime community if they participate in shipping oil to the Government of Syria. The United States is committed to imposing a financial toll on Iran, Russia, and others for their efforts to solidify Assad’s authoritarian rule, as well as disrupt the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist organizations.”

The Treasury Department also came with common accusations against Iran:

“Throughout the Syrian Civil War, the Iranian regime has continued to provide military and financial support to the Assad regime, enabling it to commit mass atrocities against the Syrian people.  The Iranian regime also continues to fund terrorism, providing hundreds of millions of dollars to its regional proxies and U.S.-designated terrorist organizations, HAMAS, and Lebanese Hizballah (Hizballah), further destabilizing the region.

U.S. sanctions prohibit material support to the Assad regime and U.S.-designated terrorist groups, including the IRGC-QF, HAMAS, and Hizballah.  All assets subject to U.S. jurisdiction of the individuals and entities added to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List), and of any other entities blocked by operation of law as a result of their ownership by a sanctioned party, are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealings with them.”

Russian and Iranian support play an important role in overcoming an energy crisis in Syria and restoring the normal life in the areas liberated from militants. Thus, targeting the Iranian-Russian network of oil-shipments, the US seeks to disrupt the normal life in the government-controlled area in Syria.

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  • Brother Ma

    Gunboat Diplomacy at its most insidious!

  • willyvandamme

    Interesting to know is the fact Israel this month allowed Qatar to send millions of dollar to Gaza/Hamas. And in Qatar is a huge US military base.

    • verner

      And a huge Turkish one which actually stopped the Saudi madman from invading the country (which the disunited states of A most likely would have approved of, on the quiet, but when Turkey
      put a spanner in the madman’s work, they played along and pretended to support a stalemate)

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    Threatening…………… is this clowns yet to understand that none really give a shit what they say or claim they do?

    • occupybacon

      If they were able to do it, would had been already doing it

  • RichardD

    More American AshkeNAZI insanity. These vermin need to go. The US is badly in need of dejudification. The whole planet is.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      agree million procentage

  • greatndit

    This will push syria govt. to liberate its oil field in the sdf controlled area .

  • northerntruthseeker .

    OK… Since when has the US suddenly become the bully of the planet and saying who can and who cannot buy oil from another independent state? Iran has every right to sell its oil to who and whom ever wants it… Syria included..

    The Americans are once again doing their Jewish masters’ bidding here … And are now trying to suffocate Iran and destroy its abilities to trade with other nations, thus weakening it and setting it up for an attack….

    Fuck off, America, and quit trying to tell other nations their business!

  • northerntruthseeker .

    And notice how the US is “justifying” this bullshit action by the false claims that Syria is financing both Hezbollah and Hamas… Both of which there is NO evidence at all of being financed from Damascus…

    This again is the madness of the US Government, and shows how ridiculously these bastards are under the command now of the sick freaks in Israel that want war ..

    • You can call me Al

      The trouble is that many mere mortals believe this nonsense.

  • Redsky B

    Should anyone listen to a Treasury Dept that’s $23 trillion in debt ? Should this same Treasury Dept even speak at all ?

    • verner

      But they have a very big stick despite the debt. fortunately their influence in the world is on the wane and won’t come back – particularly not when donny is in charge.

  • You can call me Al

    We are now seeing total disillusionment and panic from the US. Get ready folks, if they are going this low here, what else are they up-to against Russia and China elsewhere. The raid dog in the corner is about to come out fighting.

  • Ronald

    No bombs on ISIS truck convoys stealing Iraqi and Syrian oil. ISIS got a free pass.
    Iran however is likely giving Syria some oil for domestic consumption, and gets more sanctions.
    Somehow this is “supporting terrorism”, while they are occupying Syria’s oil fields.
    Twisted Logic from our Twisted Sister.

  • John

    What’s going on? ………… In short the game is over.

    The Parks and Recreation Dept. demolished the Unipolar sandbox a while ago and some countries are still trying to play in the imaginary sand where it ‘used’ to be located. This constant stream of ‘doubled over laughing’ worthy commentary and actions coming from particularly the US and Great Britain ( nice job on Brexit over there you clowns ), is going on because they were already checked mated on Sept. 30, 2015. More than 3 years later, most of the usual suspects involved in policy are still in stasis, as if they were in on some sort of trans solar system space flight. I wish we had some robots that would automatically pull them out of the tubes, get them up and operating something akin to normal human beings. I don’t think this will happen.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch ( Washington DC ), all the pols can do is go after each other with the same gusto, that would be displayed between werewolves and vampires. It is truly that stupid. Oh boy. So, I have to resolved within myself to just let them run around in full public view, sans undergarments or even clothes, until at some point they just run out of gas. It is going to be a very long show folks. My take on this nonsense. I wish well to all.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Not everybody is being sanctioned for buying Iranian crude, China, India, Japan, S korea, Taiwan, Turkey and 2 other countries are still allowed to buy it, for a while at least. The truth is anyone can still buy Iranian crude, no one can stop you, but the US will make your life a misery with sanctions if you do. The country that hates anyone meddling in their domestic affairs more than any other, is the most guilty of doing it themselves. Some people call them bullies but that’s way too soft, they’re more like rapists.

  • andyoldlabour

    Largest state sponsor of terrorism threatens Iran and Russia.

  • verner

    please note – the disunited states of A never forgets and never forgives (see North Korea and the fact that NK refused to accept Sungman Rhee which led to the Korean war and which the disunited states etc lost and see Iran and the end of the shah of Persia, Reza Palavi and the attack by Iraq and the continuous harassment of Iran by the disunited states of A ever since and now Syria, where Assad refuses to yield
    and is winning the war started by the disunited f—cks and then Afghanistan, outright laughable how little the dumbest f…cks managed to achieve to the tune of trillions of $$).

  • Brian Living

    5 Times the US Actively Supported ISIS or Similar Groups
    Everyone knows U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has more to do with destabilization than diplomacy.
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-support-isis/245868/

  • Brian Living

    17 Years After 9/11, US Counts Al Qaeda Among Allies in Syria, Yemen. The
    U.S.’ willingness to treat Al Nusra as an ally in Syria seems set to continue,
    given the Trump administration’s ultimate goal of targeting Iran’s influence in
    Syria as well as its newly “redefined” goal of regime change in Damascus.

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/9-11-al-qaeda-syria-yemen/249127/

    • Sinbad2

      Yes but al Qaeda worked for the US before and after 911.
      I think al Qaeda were probably framed.
      If al Qaeda was a real enemy of the USA, and it planned suicide attacks with airlines, don’t you think they would have hit a target that would really hurt America?

      Driving a plane into a nuclear power station, or one of the many chemical weapon storage sites in America would have killed millions.
      But instead Americas mortal enemy opted for maximum media coverage?