Athens calls Iran's seizure of two Greek oil tankers 'piracy'

ATHENS — Greece accused Iran of “piracy” after Iranian forces seized two Greek oil tankers in the Persian Gulf in apparent retaliation for Greece’s seizing an Iranian tanker and letting the U.S. confiscate its crude oil.

Greece’s Foreign Ministry complained to the Iranian ambassador in Athens over the “violent taking over of two Greek-flagged ships” in the Persian Gulf after Iran said it has taken the vessels. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said on Friday that Iranian forces “seized two Greek tankers for violations in Gulf waters,” according to a statement quoted by Iranian state news agency IRNA.

The Greek ministry called for the immediate release of the vessels and

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