The Middle East is currently at war. The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil embargo in May 2019. The United States strictly prohibits other countries from importing oil from Iran. However, there has been no blockage of oil tankers in the Middle East. But a sensation happened in Europe. On July 4, 2019, the Royal Navy boarded an Iranian oil tanker carrying out normal voyages in the Broto Strait. The final destination of this 300,000-ton tanker was Syria. The oil tanker was named "Grace 1". It finally arrived at the Strait of Gibraltar from Iran and bypassed the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. However, it was caught by the British Marines. The United Kingdom announced that the detention of the Iranian tanker was carried out in accordance with the EU's sanctions against Syria. It also stated that the tanker's intelligence was provided by the United States, and that the detention was carried out at the request of the United States.
For Britain’s sudden detention of Iran’s 300,000-ton tanker, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Khatami severely criticized Britain's detention of Iranian oil tankers and issued a warning that British "piracy" would not be tolerated. In addition to Iran’s strong protest, Spain, located near Gibraltar, also protested to the United Kingdom. Regarding the British detention of the Iranian oil tanker,Spain has a different view. Spain’s acting foreign minister, Joseph Porrell, said last week that Spain plans to file a formal complaint against the United Kingdom. The reason for the Spanish complaint was that when the British detained the Iranian cruise ship, the "Grace 1" tanker was located in Spanish waters. Obviously, the British act violated Spain's sovereignty.
This time Spain’s protest against the British detention is also expected, because the dispute between Spain and the United Kingdom over the ownership of Gibraltar is not a year or two. Spain has always wanted to regain the sovereignty of Gibraltar. , And the United Kingdom rejected this demand from Spain in various ways. Gibraltar is located in the westernmost part of the Mediterranean, the Strait of Gibraltar is south of the African continent, and Zhibro is located on the European continent. The Strait of Gibraltar is the only channel to guard the Mediterranean. This is also one of the reasons why the United Kingdom has never given up the sovereignty of Gibraltar. In fact, Gibraltar is far from the United Kingdom. It is quite far away.
The protest from Spain to the United Kingdom is likely to have a great impact on the development of the Iranian oil tanker detention. The United States participated in the oil tanker detention itself, and the United Kingdom is outspoken. Said that this was a detention operation against Iran’s oil tankers at the request of the United States. Spain was a maritime power that could compete with Britain in the era of great voyages, but gradually began to be caught up in the competition with Britain, and eventually lost Gibraltar’s Control, but since the end of the Second World War, Spain has repeatedly requested Britain to take back the sovereignty of Gibraltar. Spain believed that Gibraltar was colonized at that time, so it should be returned to Spain.But the British used the local referendum to dissolve this Spanish claim.
For this Spanish protest against Britain For the detention of Iran’s oil tankers, Russian experts said that this will seriously affect the future direction, because Iran itself is discussing the establishment of new trade pipelines with many EU countries, and the UK directly detained Iran’sTanker, and in the waters of Spain considered by Spain. Britain and Spain have competed since the great nautical era, and now the two former maritime hegemons have declined, but they are still competing. Spain has long lost its previous glory, and the Spanish economy has seriously dragged the European Union's hind legs. , Text/AZ.