Black (Oil) Market: U.S. Sanctions Russian Companies to Choke Off Oil for Syria

The US administration sanctioned an Iranian company and three Russian companies, including a subsidiary of the Russian Ministry of Energy, in an effort to choke off oil sales to the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. The companies help to illicitly ship oil from Iran to al-Assad’s government, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement announcing the sanctions Tuesday. The U.S. sanctioned a Russian and a Syrian involved in two of the Russian companies, identified as Promsyrioimport, the Energy Ministry subsidiary, and Global Vision Group, as well as two executives at the Central Bank of Iran that it said were involved in the scheme. “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 in a 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.” An Iranian company called Tadbir Kish Medical and Pharmaceutical Company was used as a cutout for the country’s central bank to make payments to Russia-based Mir Business Bank, according to the Treasury Department statement. The money was then routed to Global Vision Group and then to Promsyrioimport, which paid for Iranian oil to be exported to Syria, Treasury alleges. Treasury also issued an advisory warning shipping firms against participating in oil deliveries to al-Assad’s regime. Ships involved in the scheme routinely turn off their tracking devices to conceal their participation, senior administration officials said in a briefing for reporters.

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They are doing that for the last decade ....

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OK. But, 1st time since re-imposition of sanctions vs Iran, US Treasury says it targeted a complex network used by the Russia and Iran to provide oil for Assad, generating money used to fund groups like Hezbollah... There will be more....

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It's a clear message  for anyone who's shipping oil to Syria or trying to evade U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s terrorist activities.

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In its efforts to begin the "reconstruction" of Syria, Russia indeed wants to "cover" Syria’s oil and gas resources. Economic interests first above all...

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