Skip to comments.Venezuela ships fuel to war-torn Syria
Posted on 02/17/2012 12:59:17 AM PST by U-238
The government of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is emerging as a rare supplier of diesel to Syria, potentially undermining Western sanctions and helping the Syrian government fuel its military in the middle of a bloody crackdown on civilian protests.
A cargo of diesel, which can be used to fuel army tanks or as heating fuel, was expected to arrive at Syria's Mediterranean port of Banias this week, according to two traders and shipping data. The cargo could be worth up to $50 million.
Chavez is a vociferous advocate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who face pressure from Western sanctions. Few leaders on the world stage have polarized opinion as sharply as the Venezuelan president.
Chavez, who still defends the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has repeatedly backed Arab leaders who have faced a year-long wave of popular protests, which have already toppled four governments.
Asked on Thursday about the shipments to Syria and whether they could be used for military purposes, Chavez said Venezuela never asked the United States what it did with the fuel that Venezuela sold it, and that no one could dictate to Caracas.
"We are free. We are a free country," he said, standing with his friend Sean Penn, the U.S. actor, who is visiting Venezuela.
Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA shipped the cargo aboard the Negra Hipolita vessel, according to AIS tracking data on the Reuters Freight Fundamentals Database and trade sources. The same tanker carried the first such shipment in November, the sources said.
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Hey Sean Penn, Code Pink, and all the other commies, what do you think now? Chavez is STILL your boy?
The vessels last coordinates : 34.567° / 33.79984° and its destination is BANIAS SYRIA
You make it sound as if they would have a problem?
It is interesting to note that they have to unload it in Lebanon to make its way into Banias. Banias is a city in the Golan heights.
“Hey Sean Penn, Code Pink, and all the other commies, what do you think now? Chavez is STILL your boy?”
He may not be their boy anymore, but he’s moved up a notch in my book. There are 2,000,000 Christians in Syria that may not come out of this alive if the usual suspects take over power.