BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The U.S. is pressuring Jordan to close their two border crossings with Syria and freeze all trade with their neighbor to the north, Russia Today reported over the weekend.
According to the Arabic language version of Russia Today, the U.S. pressure on Jordan has forced the country to ban Syrian imports, which has greatly impacted trade between the neighboring Levantine countries.
Furthermore, Russia Today reported that the U.S. is pressuring Jordan to close the Nassib and Jaber border crossings with Syria.
The U.S. is reportedly trying to tighten its sanctions on Syria in a bid to force the government to adhere to their demands.
These sanctions have been detrimental to millions of Syrians as the oil blockade has created a shortage inside the country.
The U.S. currently controls most of Syria’s oil fields in the eastern and northeastern part of the country; this has forced the government to rely on smuggling oil from SDF-held areas and purchasing this resource from neighboring Lebanon.
Iran, who was Syria’s largest supplier of oil, has been prohibited from entering the Mediterranean if their tankers are destined for a Syrian port.