The British Royal Navy used to "watch" Iranian oil tankers, heading to Syria, meeting no resistance. However now, taking into account the protection carried out by the Russian Navy, it is worth weighing all the possible risks of such actions.
This opinion is voiced by the USNI News edition (USA), citing a precedent recently set by the Russian navy. Iranian tanker Samah sailed to the Mediterranean last week, past the Suez Canal. After that, the notification system about the position of the vessel and the direction of its movement was turned off.. According to the publication, after that the tanker headed for Syria under the escort of two Russian ships, including the destroyer.
In the past, Iranian tankers, going to Syria, intercepted by the British Royal Navy. Escorting the Russian fleet can be seen as a precautionary step, increasing the political and military risks of any interference by the Royal Navy or other forces
– believes USNI News.
allegedly, the tanker was escorted by the destroyer "Vice-Admiral Kulakov", they were joined by the Russian military tanker "Akademik Pashin". After, how an Iranian ship reached the Syrian coast, Russian Navy conducted exercises, during which the fight against submarines was practiced. This was a signal to both the allies, and potential opponents, that Russia will actively discourage any interference with Iranian supplies ".
Russian navy hinted, which will more actively accompany merchant ships in this region. Now interception becomes a risk
– According to the publication.