Chinese shipyards are to deliver 12 supertankers to Iran, with the final vessel ready by the end of 2013. These could help alleviate logistical difficulties caused by US and European sanctions against Iranian oil exports.
The first of the very large crude carriers (VLCCs) built for Iranian oil shipping operator NITC is expected to arrive in May, reports Reuters, citing industry executives. Seven more are to be delivered over the year, with the remaining four to be commissioned by the end of 2013. Two shipyards are building the supertankers under contracts worth $1.2 billion.
The supertankers will significantly expand NITC’s shipping capabilities, cushioning the impact of sanctions.
Starting from July, the EU will prohibit European insurers and reinsurers from indemnifying tankers carrying Iranian crude oil anywhere in the world, which will discourage maritime firms from dealing with Iran.
Buyers of Iranian oil in China, India, Japan and South Korea hope their governments will step in and provide sovereign guarantees to allow Asian insurers to replace lost European coverage. Another option would be for Iran itself to provide maritime insurance for foreign shipping companies.
But the addition of 12 VLCCs capable of carrying 24 million barrels of crude to NITC’s current fleet of 39 ships with a total capacity of 61.5 million barrels of crude will at least partially dampen the expected cut.
The tankers however will not allow Iran to rely solely on its own fleet to cover its entire export of 2.6 million barrels per day. Roughly 17 such ships would be needed for this, Reuters estimates.
The 12 supertankers were commissioned at Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry, with each shipbuilder taking an order for six ships. NITC, the National Iranian Tanker Company, was privatized in 2000 and is now owned by three Iranian pension funds.
The US and EU are trying to cut the Islamic Republic’s oil export through a ban on the import of its crude and financial sanctions against Iran’s trade partners. Their stated goal is to force Tehran to freeze its controversial nuclear program.
Europe was among the largest buyers of Iranian crude, but is now trying to replace it with fuel from other sources. Japan and South Korea are also trying to reduce imports from Iran, although unlike the EU they didn’t set a deadline for stopping all oil trade with Iran.
China and India on the other hand refused to side with the US-sponsored effort, saying only a UN Security Council resolution would make them stop buying Iranian oil.
In retaliation at the looming EU ban, Iran cut oil supply to some European countries like Britain and France. This contributed to a hike in fuel prices in the region, especially among economically weaker members of the EU like Greece and Spain, which are more dependent on Iranian oil.
Tehran also offered incentives to Asian consumers to encourage them to keep their business ties intact.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 13, 2012 15:42:21 GMT -5
CSTO opposes using force against Iran.
MOSCOW, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was strongly opposed to the use of force against Iran, Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Thursday.
"Our position is clear, that is we firmly oppose military actions against Tehran and support the continuation of negotiations between Iran and six international mediators," Bordyuzha said here at the conference "CSTO: New Significant Factor for Stability and Security on Eurasian Space."
"We hope the situation in Iran will be settled by political and diplomatic means. It's the peaceful resolution of the conflict that can improve the situation," he said.
He also said that Iran should cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Meanwhile, Bordyuzha added that the CSTO was undertaking measures in case Iran's situation would deteriorate.
Russia's permanent representative at the CSTO Igor Lyakin- Frolov said that the organization was closely monitoring the situation and called for restraint of provocative actions.
"Nobody wants a military scenario," Lyakin-Frolov said.
CSTO, a body comprising Russia and six other Commonwealth of Independent States countries, is a military alliance which was found in May 2002.
Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran's Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack Posted by truther on April 10, 2012 // 1 Comment [Translate]http://www.pakalertpress.com/wp-content/plugins/google-ajax-translation/transparent.gif inShare6 0diggsdigg 193Share The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.
Russian Security Council head Viktor Ozerov said that Russian General Military Headquarters has prepared an action plan in the event of an attack on Iran.
Dmitry Rogozin, who recently was the Russian ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, warned against an attack on Iran.
"Iran is our neighbor," Rogozin said. "If Iran is involved in any military action, it's a direct threat to our security." Rogozin now is the deputy Russian prime minister and is regarded as anti-Western. He oversees Russia's defense sector.
Russian Defense Ministry sources say that the Russian military doesn't believe that Israel has sufficient military assets to defeat Iranian defenses and further believes that U.S. military action will be necessary.
The implication of preparing to move Russian troops not only is to protect its own vital regional interests but possibly to assist Iran in the event of such an attack. Sources add that a Russian military buildup in the region could result in the Russian military potentially engaging Israeli forces, U.S. forces, or both.
Informed sources say that the Russians have warned of "unpredictable consequences" in the event Iran is attacked, with some Russians saying that the Russian military will take part in the possible war because it would threaten its vital interests in the region.
The influential Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper has quoted a Russian military source as saying that the situation forming around Syria and Iran "causes Russia to expedite the course of improvement of its military groups in the South Caucasus, the Caspian, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions."
This latest information comes from a series of reports and leaks from official Russian spokesmen and government news agencies who say that an Israeli attack is all but certain by the summer.
Because of the impact on Russian vital interests in the region, sources say that Russian preparations for such an attack began two years ago when Russian Military Base 102 in Gyumri, Armenia, was modernized. It is said to occupy a major geopolitical position in the region.
Families of Russian servicemen from the Russian base at Gyumri in Armenia close to the borders of Georgia and Turkey already have been evacuated, Russian sources say.
"Military Base 102 is a key point, Russia's outpost in the South Caucasus," a Russian military source told the newspaper. "It occupies a very important geopolitical position, but the Kremlin fears lest it should lose this situation."
With Vladimir Putin returning to the Russian presidency, the prospect that he again would order an attack on Georgia as he did in August 2008 also has become a possibility, these informed sources say.
The Russians believe that Georgia would cooperate with the United States in blocking any supplies from reaching Military Base 102, which now is supplied primarily by air. Right now, Georgia blocks the only land transportation route through which Russian military supplies could travel.
Fuel for the Russian base in Armenia comes from Iran. Russian officials believe this border crossing may be closed in the event of a war.
"Possibly, it will be necessary to use military means to breach the Georgian transport blockade and establish transport corridors leading into Armenia," according to Yury Netkachev, former deputy commander of Russian forces in Transcaucasia. Geography of the region suggests that any such supply corridor would have to go through the middle of Georgia approaching Georgia's capital of Tbilisi given the roads and topography of the country.
In September, the Russian military plans to hold its annual military exercises called Kavkaz 2012. However, informed Russian sources say that preparations and deployments of military equipment and personnel already have begun in anticipation of a possible war with Iran.
These sources report that new command and control equipment has been deployed in the region capable of using the Russian GPS system, GLONASS for targeting information.
"The air force in the South Military District is reported to have been rearmed almost 100 percent with new jets and helicopters," according to regional expert Pavel Felgenhauer of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.
In 2008, Felgenhauer pointed out, Kavkaz 2008 maneuvers allowed the Russian military to covertly deploy forces that successfully invaded Georgia in August of that year.
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov already has announced that new Spetznaz, or Special Forces units, will be deployed in Stavropol and Kislovodsk, which are located in the North Caucasian regions.
Russian sources say that the Russian military believes that if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, it may deploy forces into Georgia and warships in the Caspian Sea with the possible help of Azerbaijan, which since has stated that it will not allow its territory to be used by Israel to launch an attack on neighboring Iran.
There had been speculation that given the improved relations between Israel and Azerbaijan, the Jewish state may use bases from which to launch air attacks on neighboring Iran's nuclear sites. Israel recently agreed to sell Azerbaijan $1.6 billion in military equipment.
A further irritant to Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili is the prospect that Russian assault airborne troops, or VDV units, with helicopters could be moved into Georgia's two breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These two provinces were taken by the Russian military during the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war. Initially they were declared by Moscow to be independent countries, but now the Kremlin is indicating they may be annexed to Russia.
Similarly, Lt. General Vladimir Shamanov, commander of the VDV, has announced that Russian troops in Armenia will be reinforced by paratroopers, along with attack and transport helicopters.
"The Russian spearhead (from the Transcaucasia region) may be ordered to strike south to prevent the presumed deployment of U.S. bases in Transcaucasia, to link up with the troops in Armenia and take over the South Caucasus energy corridor along which Azeri, Turkmen and other Caspian natural gas and oil may reach European markets," Felgenhauer said.
"By one swift military strike, Russia may ensure control of all the Caucasus and the Caspian states that were its former realm, establishing a fiat accompli the West, too preoccupied with Iran, would not reverse," he said.
"At the same time, a small victorious war would unite the Russian nation behind the Kremlin, allowing it to crush the remnants of the prodemocracy movement 'for fair elections,' and as a final bonus, Russia's military action could perhaps finally destroy the Saakashvili regime."
Putin has made no secret that he despises Saakashvili and with his return to the presidency, he may consider taking out the Georgian president as unfinished business. Just as in 2008, Putin will not have much to worry about if he sends Russian troops into Georgia, since there was muted reaction from the U.S. and the European countries to the Russian invasion and subsequent occupation.
This post originally appeared at G2 Bulletin.
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So I got thinking about Chornyvolk's story above, wouldn't be safer to move through from Dagestan into Azerbaijan and then through to Armenia? Or rather just land through sea directly to Iran?
Also, those French amphibious assault ships, where can they come into play? They can't get to the Caspian I suppose, but they can be useful against Georgia I suppose. Russia ought to build one of those ships for the Caspian.
I doubt Azerbaijan can be trusted since they are anti-Armenian and they hate Iran for that country having helped the Armenians in Azerbaijan Armenian war.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 17, 2012 15:23:05 GMT -5
Either they are lying or they did get S-300 but only a few, enough to build something similar with Russian scientists as expertise.
Iran Reports ‘Progress’ on Indigenous S-300 Missile.
17:39 17/04/2012 MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti)
Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has announced progress in the development and manufacture of an indigenous version of the advanced Russian S-300 air defense missile system, the Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.
"The production of an alternative missile system is underway,” he said, adding that the work “has yielded good results.”
Iranian military officials earlier said the missile system, called Bavar (Belief) 373, is even more powerful and more advanced than the Russian S-300.
The $800-million contract to supply Iran with the missile system was signed in late 2007. Russia was to deliver five S-300PMU-1 battalions to Tehran.
However, on September 22, 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree terminating the contract in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1929, which bans supply to Iran of conventional weapons including missiles and missile systems, tanks, attack helicopters, warplanes and ships.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 23, 2012 10:57:36 GMT -5
Iran starts cloning of American spy drone.
RT.com 22 April, 2012, 14:15
Iran has completed reverse-engineering of the captured US spy drone and has started building its own copy, Iranian media reports.
The Revolutionary Guard is yet to decode parts of the software the Sentinel aircraft uses, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the force’s aerospace division, said on Sunday.
"The Americans should be aware to what extent we have infiltrated the plane," Iranian Fars news agency quoted the general as saying. "Our experts have a full understanding of its components and programs."
The Pentagon stated that the drone’s security will prevent Iranian engineers from cracking its technology.
Tehran has already copied the Sentinel – as a toy, and sent one to the US as a mocking response to America’s request to hand over the aircraft.
Iran announced capturing RQ-170 Sentinel surveillance UAV in December 2011. The US believed that the aircraft crashed in Iran’s desolate mountainous area, but apparently Iranian military managed to hack into the drone’s control system and bring it down.
Earlier this week Tehran said a number of nations approached Iran over possible sharing of military technology it may have developed through studying its drone prize. China and Russia reportedly showed the most interest.
By Henny Sender, FT.com May 8, 2012 -- Updated 0117 GMT (0917 HKT)
(Financial Times) -- Iran is accepting renminbi for some of the crude oil it supplies to China, industry executives in Beijing and Kuwait and Dubai-based bankers said, partly as a consequence of US sanctions aimed at limiting Tehran's nuclear programme.
Tehran is spending the currency, which is not freely convertible, on goods and services imported from China.
Most of the oil that goes from Iran to China is handled by the Unipec trading arm of Sinopec, China's second-largest oil company, and through another trading company called Zhuhai Zhenrong, the oil industry executives said.
The trade is worth as much as $20bn-$30bn annually according to industry estimates, but a share of it is in barter form. Zhuhai Zhenrong, for example, pays Iran for its oil by providing services such as drilling, these people add.
"The global financial crisis accelerated the shift from the west to the east," said the chief executive of one bank in Dubai. "Such measures [as the US sanctions against Iran] will now enhance the acceptability of the renminbi as a transaction currency."
The US applied sanctions on Zhuhai Zhenrong earlier this year for allegedly brokering gasoline shipments to Iran -- which lacks refining capacity -- a charge that the company has denied.
Washington has also imposed sanctions that force financial institutions to choose between doing business with Iran or with the US and it has spearheaded restrictions on Tehran's central bank. The sanctions and a diplomatic push have led to a reduction in Iranian oil imports by Japan, South Korea, India and China, which together buy more than 60 per cent of Iran's crude oil exports.
India, which already settles its oil purchases from Iran in rupees, was again urged on Monday by Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, to cut its imports further.
The renminbi purchases began some months ago. Initially the non-barter portion of the transactions were settled in Beijing through renminbi accounts but now, as a result of US pressure, domestic banks such as Bank of China have stopped dealing with Iran, the oil executives and bankers said.
Instead, much of the money is transferred to Tehran through Russian banks, which take large commissions on the transactions, these people said.
Beijing has been trying to get its trading partners to use the renminbi, in effect transferring the exchange rate risk to its counterparties, since the price of crude is set in US dollars. It also frees Beijing of the need to hold as many dollars in its reserves.
Iran sells 21 per cent of its crude oil exports to China, making Beijing crucial to Tehran's ability to withstand unilateral US sanctions.
In March, amid growing efforts to isolate Iran, Sinopec renegotiated its contracts and successfully pressed for larger discounts, though "both sides are under strict orders not to talk and nobody knows the exact terms", one industry source said. There was a sharp drop in Chinese oil imports from Iran in January and February but analysts expect a recovery over the course of the year.
Sinopec, Zhuhai Zhenrong and Iran's central bank declined to comment on the renminbi for oil trading.
India has dealt a fresh blow to America and Europe's attempts to force Iran to stop enriching Uranium. Just one months before unprecedented sanctions against the Islamic republic coming to force New Delhi, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, said their trade will not be affected. RT's Priya Shridhar reports from India.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 14, 2012 15:10:31 GMT -5
China will buy Iranian oil.
Pravda.Ru - Lisa Karpova 14.06.2012
China will continue to buy Iranian oil, despite the pressures of the U.S. on Southeast Asian countries to stop buying oil from the Islamic Republic.
On Tuesday, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Liu Weimin, advocated that they maintain trade relations between Tehran and Beijing, and reported that China will continue to import Iranian crude.
During a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, Weimin said that his country buys oil from Iran through normal channels and in an open and transparent manner, so that trade is legal and rational.
The Chinese spokesman stressed that "Beijing is opposed to any country that imposes unilateral sanctions against another, according to its own laws" and then made it very clear that his government will not accept the forced practice of unilateral sanctions on a third country.
China, as a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), has repeatedly opposed the unilateral sanctions of the west, including sanctions imposed on the Persian country's oil sector.
Iran is the third largest supplier of crude to the giant Asian country after the U.S., and is considered the second largest consumer of oil.
Peres to Putin: Israel knows Russia will prevent Iran from getting nuclear arms.
Speaking at Jerusalem state dinner, Russian president says no action should be taken in the region without considering the ultimate consequences.
Haaretz.com By Jonathan Lis and Haaretz | Jun.25, 2012 | 8:30 PM | 9
Vladimir Putin (L) walking with Shimon Peres during an unveiling ceremony for a monument commemorating the victory of the Soviet Red Army in World War Two, in Netanya, June 25, 2012.
Israel knows that Russia will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, President Shimon Peres said on Monday, during a state reception for Russian President Vladimir Putin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem.
Earlier Monday, a few hours after Putin arrived in Israel, the Russian president said in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Russian and Israel would work together to resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran.
"We held a thorough discussion of the issue of Iran's nuclear program, and, even in the current situation, I estimate that we will continue to consult and work together, and that these issues will be resolved peacefully for the good of all sides," Putin added.
Speaking during an event at the President's Residence later in the day, Peres said he was confident Russia would aid in the struggle to hinder Iran's nuclear ambitions, saying that he knew "that Russia prohibits a nuclear weapons in Iranian hands."
"You gave clear expression of this. I'm sure that under your leadership Russia will take on a central role in reinstating security and peace," the president said," adding: "Iran has made explicit threats at the State of Israel. It has announced it wishes to annihilate it."
Earlier, Peres said the today's world is endangered by "fanaticism and delusions of grandeur. Sometimes even from ugly sadism," adding that "terror s the main danger to our security."
"The Jewish people has known hate. The State of Israel knows danger. Israel isn't the enemy of any other people. Israel poses no danger to any other person. Israel is threatened, despite not threatening," he said.
Peres then added that the "Iranian people aren't our enemy. Israel doesn't threaten its existence. It is the current Iranian leadership that has made Israel its enemy and has threatened its existence."
"The current Iranian leadership's policy is terror missiles, is threatening Israel, and of destabilizing the independence of Arab states, and of constructing nuclear weapons," he added.
The president added that "this combination is the danger to world peace and the security of its citizens."
In what many considered to be a reference to action against Iran, Putin, also speaking at the event, said of a possible western offensive in Syria that it was from his "experience that we need to think about the consequence of the act before you undertake it."
"Look at what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. To do something without knowing the final consequence isn't that smart. On the Syria issue, we need to think hard whether the opposition that could take power would be what the West wants it to be, or something completely opposite," Putin added.
Translation By Vphone 25 Jun 2012 09:25PM
Russia and Israel now have an advantageous arms deal.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2012 15:19:43 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 29, 2012 12:31:09 GMT -5
Iran’s oil halo growing thinner: US drops China and Singapore from sanction list.
RT.com 29 June, 2012, 19:43
In a last minute call, the White House spares Beijing and Singapore of financial penalties under Iran oil sanctions. The US says the two countries have “significantly reduced” their purchases of the Persian country’s crude.
“Today, I’ve made the determination that two additional countries, China and Singapore, have significantly reduced their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday – the day the US sanctions against Iran and its customers took legal effect.
The sanctions, which deny access to US banking systems for Tehran’s oil customers, will no longer apply to China’s and Singapore’s “financial institutions for a potentially renewable period of 180 days,” Hillary Clinton added.
This brings the total number of “cleared” countries to 20. Exemptions for South Korea, Turkey and India – all major importers of Iranian crude – were announced on June 11 and were earlier granted to Japan and countries across Europe.
Countries exempted by the US from Iran sanctions list: China, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan have all received waivers from the US in exchange for “significantly reducing” oil imports. Ten European countries have also received waivers, but they will not be allowed to import Iranian oil starting on July 1.
On top of this, as Hillary Clinton declares that China appears to be curbing its oil imports from Iran, figures show that those imports are actually at record highs this year. ;D
The International Energy Agency says joint US and EU attempts to hamper Iran’s crude exports have already shrunk Tehran’s oil trade by 40 per cent compared to 2011. This was somewhat alleviated by spikes in the frenzied market, which kept prices over $100 per barrel till April. But, with Saudi Arabia and other nations boosting their oil production, prices dropped to lows unseen since 2008.
The EU’s embargo is to take full effect on July 1. It may prove rather harmful to Iran as it also applies to European maritime insurers. South Korea has admitted the EU sanctions would force a full halt of Iranian oil purchases, while Japan, which now buys about a fifth of Iran’s exports, is expected to approve unprecedented government guarantees to insure shipments.
The US and many EU countries suspect Iran of attempting to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegations, insisting its nuclear program is focused on energy and medical purposes. The sanctions announced by the US and EU this past winter have not yet forced Tehran to capitulate from its alleged ambitions. Still the country insists the sanctions should be lifted before it starts considering wrapping up its uranium enrichment program.
Since May of this year, the Obama administration has been pushing to have a terrorist organization removed from the terrorist watch list. The Mujahadeen- e-Khalq of Iran is allegedly responsible for assassinating US citizens and even worked together with Saddam Hussein. The group has been on the watch list for approximately 15 years, so why is there this push to remove the MEK as terrorists? Jamal Abdi, policy director at The National Iranian American Council, takes a closer look at the possible motives.
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