Turkey has announced on Monday that it will not abide by the US government’s “unilateral” decision to ban the total import of oil from Iran.
“Turkey rejects unilateral sanctions and restrictions on relations with its neighbours,” said Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a Twitter message.
The White House has announced this same day that US President Donald Trump has decided not to renew next May the exemptions that allowed eight countries to import Persian crude without facing US sanctions. The aim of this decision is to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero, he said.
The head of Turkish diplomacy, however, has expressed his rejection of Washington’s new draconian measure, warning that this measure will only cause harm “to the Persian people.
“The U.S. decision to end exemptions from sanctions on Iran’s oil imports will not help regional peace and stability, but will harm the Iranian people,” he said.
Last May, the US abandoned the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 by Tehran and the 5+1 Group (then formed by the US, the UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany), and re-imposed sanctions against the Persian country, despite the rejection of the international community.
However, due to the lack of a substitute for Iranian crude oil, Washington granted exemptions to eight countries – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece – allowing them to continue importing without incurring sanctions for another six months.
The Islamic Republic, one of the big producers and exporters of crude oil, difficult to ignore, has assured that it will frustrate the US oil sanctions and that US rhetoric will only trigger the price of condensate worldwide.