Ankara fully supports Tehran and this is what the Turkish Economy Minister. Nihat Zeybekci said very eloquently.
He made clear that his country pays attention to and follows `orders` by the UN only. So. the expressed U.S. demand for Turkey to stop importing Iranian oil was answered with a clear `no`.
`We will follow if there are decisions. sanctions by the United Nations on this issue. Other than this. we will only follow our own interests . We will pay attention so our friend and brother Iran will not face unfair treatment`. was what Zeybekci said. according to state news agency Anadolu. Moreover. Turkey`s Economy minister called the American demand `not binding` on Ankara.
`Washington on June 26 warned its allies that they must end Iranian oil imports by November 4 or they will face penalties under sanctions the United States is reimposing on Tehran`. rferl.org noted.
However. Turkey. `offered sympathy and support for neighboring Iran`. the site reads.
Let us not forget that this is not the first time in recent months that Turkey is asked to obey the States` demands. since a very short while ago. Ankara was threatened with U.S. sanctions over the purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.
As Radio Free Europe reports. `Turkey`s dismissal of the U.S. threat came as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Nikki Haley. urged India — one of the top buyers of Iranian oil — to honor the U.S. sanctions.
India. like Turkey. has previously said it only complies with sanctions imposed by the United Nations. not those issued by individual nations.`
The opinion of an `anonymous` Iranian oil official who was quoted by the country`s media on June 27 is very interesting. makes sense and comes as a logical response to the U.S. demand (at least right now that other major pipeline projects are either debatable or still under construction). that person said that the American demand was `impossible` and `unworkable` due to the fact that most countries rely on the oil the country supplies.