Turkey Oppose US Sanctions Plans, Reduction of Iran Oil İmports

reportint20131001113606800Ankara remains one of the largest customers for Iranian oil. It is also a major client of natural gas from the Islamic republic.

Turkey rejects making further reductions in its oil imports from neighbouring Iran, which is under US sanctions over its nuclear programme, the energy ministry said on Friday.

“We have reduced our imports to 105,000 barrels a day from 140,000 barrels. We cannot reduce it any more,” Taner Yildiz told reporters in Ankara.

Iran’s economy has been crippled by a series of UN and US sanctions aimed at bringing an end to its nuclear programme, which the West claims is being used to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the assertion.

Turkey was granted a six-month waiver on Iranian oil imports by the United States after its biggest refiner Tupras made cuts in its purchases from Tehran, with Washington expected to review extending waiver next month.