An announcement in Iran’s state media makes it sound like a done deal: “Iran cutting oil export to six European states” in retaliation for those nations’ backing of an EU embargo on Iran. The states were named as Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece and France.
The announcement came with a caveat that Iran would be willing to sell to European companies that signed long-term agreements, so long as they were able to guarantee that payment would actually be made.
The problem is, no one apparently told Iran’s Oil Ministry. No one told any of the countries impacted either, and Spain reports that Iranian oil is still flowing into the country unaffected by the supposed embargo.
Iran’s parliament is expected to approve a bill to this effect next month, but the report appears to have been premature. Iran has increasingly been relying on India and China as export markets for their oil.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Syrian Army Makes Major Gains in Eastern Ghouta - March 23rd, 2018
- Kurdish Rebels Flee Iraq Border Area, Anticipating Turkish Attack - March 23rd, 2018
- Trump Signs New Bill Slashing Aid to Palestinians - March 23rd, 2018
- Russia Intends to Substantially Cut Military Spending Over Next Five Years - March 23rd, 2018
- Majority of $1.3 Trillion US Omnibus Spending Bill Goes to Military - March 23rd, 2018