Poland wants to support US military mission in Strait of Hormuz
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Germany has clearly denied participation in the US Navy's commitment to the protection of shipping traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. Poland demands that it be "more open" to the arguments of the US government – and act accordingly.
Polen wants to support the US-led military mission to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf. "We know that the situation requires a response," said Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. "Any kind of Polish support for American and British efforts is possible." It would be a "positive signal". However, Czaputowicz did not say what kind of support he wanted.
The conflict between Iran and the US has dramatically worsened the security situation on the major trade route through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Nevertheless, the federal government had rejected a request from the US to participate in their mission "Sentinel" (guard).
The reason: She does not want to support the US strategy of "maximum pressure" on Iran. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is now promoting a separate European Union observer mission.
Czaputowicz criticized the reservations of many EU partners towards the US. "We believe the European Union should be more open to American arguments," he said. "If there is a split between the European Union and the US, that is not good for Poland and Central Europe. So we try to maintain the transatlantic alliance and bridge the split. "It would be very bad if the US lost its interest in Europe.
Of the members of the EU, only Britain has joined the US mission and two warships have been sent to the Strait of Hormuz to escort British merchant ships. For months there has been a showdown between Iran and other states, especially the US, which is also and especially on international shipping routes.
In recent weeks, incidents have occurred again and again, especially in the Strait of Hormuz, which lies between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and is one of the most important shipping routes in the world. The US blamed Iran for various attacks on merchant ships in the sea area, leading the Tehran leadership.
A court ruling in Gibraltar could ease the situation. Gibraltar wants to release the loaded with Iranian oil supertanker "Grace 1". This decision was confirmed by the Supreme Court of the British Overseas Territory on the south coast of Spain on Thursday.
However, it was initially unclear whether the ship set six weeks ago could immediately set sail. The authorities in Gibraltar and the British Royal Navy had detained the Panamanian tanker on suspicion of illegal oil supplies to Syria.
British refuse exchange of tankers
After fixing "Grace 1", the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stopped the British oil tanker "Stena Impero" on July 19th in the Strait of Hormuz. The reason given was that the ship had failed to comply with international maritime rules, switched off its GPS system and carried environmentally harmful materials on board. An Iran proposed replacement of the two tankers rejected the new British government. Gibraltar is British territory.