Looks like some western oil companies are refusing to sell fuel to Iranian jets in Europe. If I recall correctly, the sanctions against Iran have a provision that says something about any company that does business with Iran could potentially be liable/ be open to sanctions as well.
Looks like western companies are taking the threat seriously and are not selling aviation fuel to the Iranian flagship airline. Interesting.
Iran confirmed on Tuesday that some companies were refusing to refuel its planes at European airports and said it would retaliate if the situation continued.
Iran has played down the impact of international sanctions, which were tightened in June, and previously said news reports that Iranian airlines were having problems refueling abroad were part of a “psychological war”.
But when asked about the issue at his weekly news conference, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, “Unfortunately, some western companies have adopted inappropriate policies.
“Our advice to their governments is not to act beyond the regulations and even that illegal resolution,” he said, referring to the new UN sanctions aimed at pressuring Iran over its nuclear program.
Royal Dutch Shell was among the first to decide not to renew its contracts to supply Iran Air with fuel, an industry source said in July. Other companies have since been cited in news reports as cutting supplies to the Iranian flag carrier.