The Iranian cargo ship Fortune arrived this Saturday night in Venezuelan territorial waters and was escorted by fighters and frigates of the Armed Forces of the Nicolás Maduro regime, which had denounced before that the United States was preparing to intercept it. In fact, the US Government had warned in previous days that it considered the delivery of 1.5 million barrels in five different vessels a threat and therefore reserved the right to intervene. Iran, for its part, warned yesterday that it would respond to an attack with the use of force.
Finally, the first cargo ship arrived in Venezuelan waters after crossing those of Trinidad and Tobago at 19:40 local time. The Fortune is followed by other gasoline tankers that are expected to arrive in a Venezuelan port in the coming days. The ships Forest, Petunia, Faxon and Clavel recently crossed the Strait of Gibraltar after entering the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
The U.S. government accuses Maduro of paying for the gasoline with nine tons of gold from the Venezuelan national reserves.