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Iranian ships that appeared headed for Venezuela are now in Baltic Sea approaching Russia

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Two Iranian ships that once appeared to be headed to Venezuela are now in the Baltic Sea approaching the Russian city of St. Petersburg, according to MarineTraffic, a website that tracks ships.

(CNN)Two Iranian ships that once appeared to be headed to Venezuela are now in the Baltic Sea approaching the Russian city of St. Petersburg, according to MarineTraffic, a website that tracks ships.

The position of the ships, including the floating military base called the Makran, indicate they are likely headed to St. Petersburg to participate in Russia's Navy Day events, according to two defense officials familiar with the ships' movements.

Venezuela's decision to turn away the Iranian ships came after the US applied diplomatic pressure on Caracas and the regime of Nicolas Maduro, two officials said at the time.

Pentagon officials had been watching to see whether the ships would continue north toward Russia or turn into the Mediterranean Sea and return to Iran.

Russia's Navy Day is scheduled for Sunday in St. Petersburg, and it appears the Makran will take part in the events in some way, the officials said.

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