Turkey against severing ties with Iran despite U.S. sanctions

Dünya Executive - - OVERVIEW -

Turkey’s pres dent has argued aga nst sever ng econom c t es w th Iran as the Un ted States read es for sanct ons. Speak ng n Ankara,

Pres dent Recep Tayy p Erdogan sa d t goes aga nst the ndependenc­e of states to cut t es w th ts “ne ghbor and strateg c partner” because the U.S. demands t. Pres dent Donald Trump announced n May that he would pull out of a 2015 agreement over Iran’s nuclear program and would re- mpose sanct ons. H s adm n strat on threatened countr es w th sanct ons f they don’t cut off Iran an o l mports by early November. Turkey mported 3 m ll on tonnes of crude o l from Iran n the f rst four months of 2018, amount ng to 55 percent of crude suppl es and 27 percent of ts total energy mports. Erdogan asked on July 25: “Who w ll heat my country throughout the w nter?”

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