Ukraine: Greek army seizes Russian tanker

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ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities say they seized a Russian tanker in the Aegean Sea as part of European Union sanctions imposed on Russia.

The Greek Coast Guard said the Pegas, a Russian-flagged tanker with 19 Russian crew on board, was seized on April 15 and is currently anchored in Karystos Bay on the island’s southern coast. from Euboea. The Coast Guard said the seizure order was for the ship itself, not its cargo.

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AT SEA – JULY 3: The Greek supertanker Astro Lupus is anchored July 3, 2002, approximately 65 miles off Galveston, Texas. (Photo by Craig H. Hartley/POOL/Getty Images)

The European Union, of which Greece is a member, has adopted a wide range of sanctions against Russia following the latter’s invasion of Ukraine, intended to put pressure on the Russian economy and the government of President Vladimir Putin .

Oil storage tanks sit at the RN-Tuapsinsky refinery, operated by Rosneft Oil Co., as tankers cruise past in Tuapse, Russia, Monday, March 23, 2020. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Pictures

Oil storage tanks sit at the RN-Tuapsinsky refinery, operated by Rosneft Oil Co., as tankers cruise past in Tuapse, Russia, Monday, March 23, 2020. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Pictures

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The sanctions include import and export bans for a wide variety of goods and a ban on access to EU ports for Russian-flagged vessels.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
(President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy)