Malaysia had beforehand expressed concern concerning the battle in Ukraine however stopped brief of condemning Russia. It has not commented on the worldwide sanctions imposed on Russia over the invasion.
The ministry’s assertion, which attributed the choice to block the ship to port authorities somewhat than the federal government, prompt “an attempt to split the difference” in placating each Russia and the United States, stated Euan Graham, senior fellow on the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
“It’s a pragmatic move to try and maneuver between two large countries … as I suspect the US is applying significant pressure behind the scenes on Malaysia to observe sanctions,” he instructed Reuters.
According to the United States, Linda is owned by PSB Leasing, a unit of Russian lender Promsvyazbank, which has additionally been hit by worldwide sanctions. Provsyazbank, nevertheless, has denied that its subsidiary owned the vessel.
A US advocacy group has stated Linda was additionally suspected to be transporting Iranian oil, a goal of different US sanctions.