Turkey has stopped buying Iranian oil in compliance with US sanctionsBy Rudao 2 hours ago
Turkey has announced earlier that it will stop importing oil from Iran despite its opposition to the US sanctions imposed by Trump after the unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear agreement
A Turkish official said on Wednesday evening that his country has stopped completely since the beginning of May to import Iranian oil in compliance with US sanctions even if it does not agree.
"As a strategic ally" of the United States, "we respect the sanctions," the Turkish news agency Agence France-Presse quoted an unnamed official as saying.
The United States has awarded eight countries - China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey - exemptions from the sanctions imposed on Iran for six months on May 2.
The official explained that "Turkey has stopped as of 2 May on the import of Iranian oil."
Turkey has announced that it will stop importing oil from Iran despite its opposition to the US sanctions imposed by Trump after the unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear agreement concluded between the Islamic Republic and the major powers.
Relations between the United States and Turkey deteriorated after Ankara announced that it would buy the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, the main opponent of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The United States responded by suspending Turkey's participation in the main F-35 fighter jet project.
Commenting on the deal, the Turkish deputy foreign minister told reporters in Washington that "this is a deal," reiterating that his country will not back down from its decision to buy S-400 missiles.
The United States fears that the technology used in the S-400 system could be used to collect technical data on NATO military aircraft to which Turkey belongs, which could allow Russia to access such data.
The Turkish government has proposed to the US administration to form a joint technical working group to resolve the concerns of the United States in this regard.