Economy 22-11-2018

Turkey rejects US ultimatum on Iranian oil purchase

Turkey rejects the US Government's demand to cut the import of Iranian oil products in 6 months, demanding a 'permanent' exchange.

"Nobody is in favor of supporting these sanctions (anti-Iran); It is a unilateral decision of the United States, "the Foreign Minister of the Eurasian country, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said after meeting with the US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo.

The senior Turkish diplomat also stressed that the Ankara exemption - along with seven other countries - to comply with the US embargo on Iranian oil exports must be permanent and complete, local agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday .

Therefore, he asserted that Turkey refuses to reduce its imports from Iran, reiterating its country's dependence on energy supply: "I can not diversify my energy sources in six months or two years."

Ankara has already assured many times that it will not abide by US sanctions against Iran, and that it will maintain its commercial and economic ties with the Persian country.

In addition, it had reacted after the US Administration, headed by Donald Trump, launched the second round of anti-Iranian sanctions , the same that had been lifted by virtue of the historic 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and the 5 + 1 Group (then integrated by USA, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China, plus Germany).

"Although we requested an exemption from the United States, we were also very frank with them, telling them that cornering Iran is not smart. Isolating Iran is dangerous and punishing the Iranian people is not fair, " said Cavusoglu , whose country - along with China, India, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Japan and Taiwan - is exempt from the aforementioned limits.

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