Treasury Department details how Russian, Iranian companies funneled oil to Syria to fund Hezbollah, Hamas.
This afternoon, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control laid out an elaborate network through which the Central Bank of Iran funneled cash through Iranian and Russian companies to buy Iranian oil that was then shipped to Syria for the purpose of propping up the Syrian government and the terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement:
“Today we are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity. Central Bank of Iran officials continue to exploit the international financial system, and in this case even used a company whose name suggests a trade in humanitarian goods as a tool to facilitate financial transfers supporting this oil scheme. We are issuing an Advisory today identifying the grave risks to the maritime community if they participate in shipping oil to the Government of Syria. The United States is committed to imposing a financial toll on Iran, Russia, and others for their efforts to solidify Assad’s authoritarian rule, as well as disrupt the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist organizations.”
The designated people and entities include:
• Mohamed Amer Alchwiki—a Syrian national who owns the Russian-based Global Vision Group;
• Global Vision Group—which delivered oil from Iran to Syria and transferred funds to the IRGC’s proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah;
• Promsyrioimport—a subsidiary of the Russian Energy Ministry, which facilitated shipment of oil on behalf of Global Vision Group from the National Iranian Oil Company to Syria;
• Andrey Dogaev—First Deputy Director of Promsyrioimport, who worked in close coordination with senior officials in the Central Bank of Iran to facilitate Alchwiki’s transfers;
• Mir Business Bank—a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran’s Bank Melli, facilitated funds transfers from Tadbir Kish Medical and Pharmaceutical Company to Promsyrioimport;
• Tadbir Kish Medical and Pharmaceutical Company—facilitated transfers from the Central Bank of Iran to Mir Business Bank;
• Rasul Sajjad—International Department Director at the Central Bank or Iran, who coordinated transfers with Dogaey;
• Hossein Yaghoobi—Vice Governor for International Affairs at the Central Bank of Iran, who coordinated transfers with Dogaey; and
• Muhammad Qasim al-Bazzal—an associate of Hezbollah financier Muhammad Qasir, who funneled money from the Central Bank of Syria to the IRGC proxies in the Middle East.
Clearly, the U.S. is making the case for designating Iran as an existential threat to world peace. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker reinforced that point his own statement:
“The Iranian regime continues to prioritize spending money on fomenting terror over supporting its own people. This is yet another example of the regime using the proceeds of millions of barrels of its oil to fund terrorists and the murderous Assad regime to the detriment of its own people. The United States will aggressively seek to impose sanctions against any party involved in shipping oil to Syria, or seeking to evade our sanctions on Iranian oil. Shipping companies, insurers, vessel owners, managers, and operators should all be aware of the grave consequences of engaging in sanctionable conduct involving Iranian oil shipments.”
But this new statement from the Treasury Department goes far beyond the already well-established connections between Iran and its Hamas and Hezbollah proxies by making the first-ever direct connection to the Russian government. Such a connection could technically lead to a designation of the Kremlin as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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