Iranian oil tankers reach Venezuela in defiance of US

The Independent | May 25, 2020 at 3:46 PM
  • Shipments of Iranian petrochemical products have arrived in Venezuela despite American harrumphing against a deal that is part of a broader blossoming of relations between the Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.
  • Some analysts allege that Iran is helping Mr Maduro design his security services to combat protests against his rule, deploying the type of ideologically driven citizen militias that patrol streets in Tehran and helped quell a revolt in Syria.
  • Iran, pressed into a corner by US sanctions, has been forced to broker surreptitious deals with other isolated countries halfway across the globe rather than sell its oil, petroleum products and other exports to longstanding trading partners in nearby Europe and Asia.