The United States officially offered Germany to support, along with France and the United Kingdom, the British plan of a naval mission to ensure safe navigation in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran and the fight against the so-called “Iranian aggression.” The corresponding request was sent from Washington to Berlin.
On July 19, Iran detained the Stena Impero tanker, flying the British flag, with 23 crew members in the Strait of Hormuz. In Tehran, said that the ship was detained due to non-compliance with international norms and regulations of navigation. According to the Iranian authorities, the tanker ran into a fishing vessel and did not respond to the distress signal.
The US State Department, for its part, said that Washington is creating a coalition to ensure freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf region. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo proposed involving state representatives from different regions in the coalition.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer previously stated that the decision to participate in the mission of Berlin can be made only if there is an official request and specific information about how this operation may look. Therefore, the German Foreign Ministry chose not to talk about the prospects for participation.
Nils Schmid, spokesperson for the foreign policy faction of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in parliament, warned the German media that there was a great danger of being drawn into a war with the United States.