Turkey will have no part in possible US sanctions on Iran, the newspaper Dunya reported, citing the country’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
“We had a US delegation here and we […] explained to them that we believe that [such moves] are a mistake. We are not obliged to abide by any sanctions imposed by anyone,” the minister emphasized.
On July 20, Reuters reported that Turkey’s Petroleum Refining Corporation (TURPAS) had reduced its imports of Iranian oil against the backdrop of Washington’s stated desire to reinstate sanctions on Tehran.
In May, US President Donald Trump fulfilled an election campaign promise to pull out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal agreed between Iran and world powers, under which Tehran was to wind down its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual lifting of UN sanctions and unilateral measures imposed on the Islamic Republic by the US and the EU.