[size=36]Turkey announces alignment with Iran in the face of US sanctions[/size]
suspended Turkish foreign, the United States decision on ending the exemptions from the oil sanctions imposed on Iran.
"Turkey criticizes the United States decision to end exemptions from oil sanctions imposed on Iran, which will not serve peace and stability in the region," the foreign ministry said on Twitter.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu said on Twitter: "Let us accept unilateral sanctions and impose dictates on how to build our relationship with our neighbors."
The Turkish statement followed US President Donald Trump's decision to end the exemptions, which allowed eight countries to buy Iranian oil to achieve zero exports of crude oil in the country, the White House said.
As of May 2, these countries will face US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil.
The United States re-imposed sanctions in November 2018 on Iranian oil exports after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.
Washington has granted exemptions to eight countries that have cut purchases of Iranian oil, allowing them to continue buying without facing sanctions for six months. These countries are China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Greece.
The exemptions for those countries allowed for limited purchases of Iranian oil for 6 months