Turkey is not going to follow the State Department’s call on US allies to stop importing Iranian crude oil by November 4, when the latest sanctions will kick in.
“The decisions taken by the United States on this issue are not binding for us. Of course, we will follow the United Nations on its decision. Other than this, we will only follow our own national interests,” Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said according to Hurriyet daily.
The minister further added that TUrkey “will pay attention so our friend Iran will not face any unfair actions.”
Earlier this week, the US State Department called on all US allies to stop buying Iranian crude oil. Some buyers have started winding down their purchases of Iranian oil. However, the move has faced little support around the world. Oil importers including Turkey, Japan, South Korea, India and some European countries, have said they will continue buying Iranian crude.