The US imposed sanctions against two Russian companies

© AFP 2018 / Mladen AntonovМинистерство of the Treasury in Washington. Archival photoThe US imposed sanctions against two Russian companies© 2018 AFP / Mladen Antonov

The US imposed sanctions against two Russian companies suspected of supplying Iranian oil to Syria, announced the American Ministry of Finance.

Under the restrictions were FSUE «Promsyreimport» and «SCC» (English name Global Vision Group).

In addition, the list made by the Iranian company Tadbir Kish and six individuals. Among them, Deputy Director of «Promsyreimport» Andrew Dagaev.

As the organizer of Iranian oil supplies in Syria called the Syrian citizen Mohammed Amer al-Swiki and his company Global Vision Group located in Russia.

A senior representative of the US administration noted that due to the «Iranian-Russian network» the Syrian government is receiving millions of barrels of oil from Iran, and that the hundreds of millions of dollars from Syria to Finance the IRGC, as well as on the groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to him, oil secretly delivered to Syria on ships which switch off the GPS system, to avoid publicity supplies.

«Iranian-Russian network»

The official added that the Central Bank of Iran is directly involved in the transfer of large sums to Russia to support oil supplies to Syria.

For that, Iran uses companies that are involved in the trade in goods used for humanitarian purposes, including medicine. Previously, Washington made an exception for humanitarian supplies.

The administration representative added that the US «zero patience» in relation to the use of «popumentary organizations to carry out illegal transactions.»

«The Central Bank of Iran and other institutions of the Iranian regime officials continue to exploit the natural resources for the sponsorship of terrorism, violence and bloodshed almost every day in Syria,» he said.

A list of possible participants in the supply chain

In addition, the U.S. Treasury published a list of 16 ships, including four Russian, which, according to him, involved in the supply of Iranian oil to Syria in 2016-2018.

In particular, it included the court, «Almetyevsk», «Truvor» (previously called «Muhalatka»), «Volga» (formerly Marshal Zhukov) and «IDE». According to MarineTraffic, a Russian court.

The Ministry said that this is not an exhaustive list of vehicles which may be relevant under sanctions from the people.

It highlighted that the presence of the vessel in this list does not mean that it is clearly identified as the property of someone from the sanctions list.

Sanctions for the supply of oil

In may the US President, Donald trump declared that Washington is out of the agreement on the nuclear program with Iran. He also reported the return of all sanctions against Tehran, including secondary, that is, against other countries doing business with Iran.

Restrictions against Iran came into force on 7 August. Washington has said it aims to bring Iranian oil exports down to zero and urged its customers to abandon such purchases.

The additional US sanctions against Iran, which involved the export of oil, entered into force 5 Nov.

At the same time, Washington granted temporary exceptions to the oil sanctions to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.