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Tankers came under attack. In the Persian Gulf by unknown damaged four merchant ship
Material posted: Publication date: 14-05-2019
The situation in the Persian Gulf was on the verge of military conflict. On the eve of the four tankers that were near the territorial waters of the UAE, has been attacked by unknown forces. A few days before this, the US warned of a possible Iranian attacks on commercial and military vessels. However, in Iran as in Arab countries of the region, expressed concern about the incident. Through the Strait of Hormuz, at the entrance to which was committed the attack, it takes about 30% of the marine oil trade. Against this background, oil prices have risen sharply.

13 may it became known that two of the four victims in the exclusive economic zone of the UAE (200 nautical miles) vessels owned by Saudi Arabia. According to the Minister of energy, industry and mineral resources of the Kingdom, Khalid al-falikha, at six in the morning may 12 "two Saudi tankers have been diversionary attack off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah, when they were sent to the Persian Gulf." One of the two tankers went to the Saudi port of RAS Tanura to load crude oil for us clients company, Saudi Aramco. According to media reports, two tankers owned by United Arab Emirates and Norway. In a statement the foreign Ministry of the UAE, it was noted that there were no casualties, and losses of hazardous substances under investigation.

Amid concerns about the risk of disruption of supplies of raw materials from the Middle East world oil prices showed strong growth.

During the session the price climbed almost 2%: Brent — to $72,58 per barrel, WTI — up to $63,33 per barrel.

The port of Fujairah is situated 140 km South of the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz — a major sea route for global trade of oil. It connects the Persian and Oman gulfs and through it passes about one-third of the marine oil trade and almost one fifth of all world oil consumption. Go through Hormuz oil supplies from Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE, Kuwait and Iraq and nearly all the LNG produced by the world's largest exporter of this fuel — Qatar.

And the UAE, and Saudi authorities have stressed the international community's responsibility for preventing attempts by any party to undermine the security of Maritime transport. Condemned the attack and the League of Arab States and the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, which consists of six Arabian monarchies. "This is a dangerous development of events reflects the diabolical intention of the parties that planned and carried out. Such irresponsible actions increase tensions in the region," said the Council.

None of the Arab States did not name the perpetrators. Simultaneously, the United States Maritime administration warned shippers about the need to exercise caution when traveling by Fujairah. This is the second warning to the United States in less than a week. "From the beginning of may increases the likelihood that Iran and/or its regional allies can take action against US interests and their partners, including against the infrastructure of oil production, after recently threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz",— stated in the message of the U.S. Maritime administration on may 9. The United States feared that under attack can get commercial ships, oil tankers or American warships in the Red sea, Bab-El-Mandeb and the Gulf.

This warning was issued two days after Iran announced the suspension of its obligations under a nuclear deal — a Joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD), which a year ago came the United States. In recent weeks, relations between Washington and Tehran has escalated even more. April 8, the United States has made the Iranian Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) to its list of foreign terrorist organizations, and on April 22 decided not to renew the exemption from the sanctions for a number of countries that have bought Iranian oil. In response, the commander of the naval forces of the IRGC Alireza Tangsiri repeated repeatedly expressed Tehran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, if Iran will not be able to sell its oil.

At the same time, statements of the Tehran AGREEMENT, the American channel CNN, citing intelligence information reported on the possible deployment of Iran's ballistic missiles short range on their ships in the Persian Gulf.
And the week before, on may 5, assistant to the President for national security John Bolton said that Washington is "in response to several alarming signs of escalation and as a warning deploys a carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier "Abraham Lincoln" and the target group of bombers in the area of responsibility of U.S. Central command in the middle East". By the way, the first flights of bombers B-52H Stratofortress was held on may 12, when it was an attack on tankers in the heart of Fujairah.

Meanwhile, the Iranian foreign Ministry expressed regret in connection with incident with the tankers and called it an "act of vandalism" and warned of a "conspiracy to undermine security and stability in the region." The Iranian Parliament suggested that the attack could be carried out by "third parties". "Explosions in Fujairah showed that security in the South of the Persian Gulf is like glass," he wrote on his Twitter page, head of the Committee on national security of the Parliament of Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh. By contrast with the officials ' statements were comments of Iranian journalists associated with the IRGC. They presented the attack as retribution on the merits, arguing that the attacks on tankers are the "sons of the resistance." So called Iranian politicians and military officers, and Pro-Iranian forces in the region. The words of the journalists quoted the Saudi TV channel "al Arabiya", which is anti-Iranian position.

Clearly, extremist elements in the Iranian policy wants to paraverbal saying that we have already responded to the US withdrawal from the AGREEMENT, will reply and the emergence of the American aircraft carrier in the Gulf. But to say, as their words are the real facts, while it is impossible",— said "Kommersant", the researcher of HSE Julia Sveshnikova.

In her opinion, while it's more like psychological warfare than real. "It is unclear why Iran to organize such attacks, it is unlikely such a policy could lead to a change of the situation around the AGREEMENT and to contribute to the easing of sanctions against Tehran," she said. The expert did not rule out that the situation in the region could escalate at any moment and from any direction — no matter whether it is Iran or USA or someone else.

Marianna Belenkaya


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