Iranian Gasoline Starts to Arrive in Fuel-Starved Venezuela

An Iranian tanker carrying gasoline has arrived over the weekend in Venezuelan territorial waters as the country deals with severe fuel shortages and US sanctions. The clean tanker Fortune – laden with 30,000 mt of gasoline – was north of the Venezuelan port of Puerto La Cruz as of Sunday morning, data showed.

The Iranian Embassy said late Saturday in a tweet that one of its tankers arrived in Venezuelan waters escorted by the country’s navy. This was also confirmed in a tweet by Venezuela’s new oil minister Tareck El Aissami. The shipment comes amid rising political tensions between the US and the two OPEC members.

US sanctions against both Iran and Venezuela have had a severe impact…