Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran stating they are grossly wrong and completely designed to unbalance the world. Erdogan said that Turkey will not abide by the sanctions. He told media, “US sanctions on Iran are wrong. For us, they are steps aimed at unbalancing the world; we don’t want to live in an imperialist world”.
Erdogan’s comments have come after Washington has re-imposed second round of sanctions on Iran aimed at completely isolating the Iranian Republic’s banking sector and cut down its oil exports. US has given waiver to eight nations for continuing to import Iranian oil without facing any tough consequences.
Energy Market Regulatory Authority’s Natural Gas Market Report in December 2017 stated that Turkey imports around one-fifth of natural gas from Iran i.e. around 10 million cubic meters.
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu has stated that isolating Iran is a dangerous preposition and is very unfair towards the people of Iran. He said that Turkey is against all sanctions and that nothing concrete can be achieved by it. He stated that instead dialogue is the right way forward to reach meaningful conclusions.
The new sanctions have invited angry reactions in Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran will easily bypass the illegal and unjust sanctions.
Washington has in turn pledged to remain firm and relentless in countering the course Iran has taken.