Turkey decided to be friends with Iran despite US pressure

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Turkey is not going to abandon economic ties with Iran after the US renewed sanctions against Tehran. This was stated by Turkish Minister of energy and natural resources, Fatih Donmez, reports Reuters.

In particular, Ankara will continue to buy from Tehran’s natural gas. The Minister noted that Turkey “has contacts with Iran, the relationship will continue.” “The American decision is one way we are [with Iran] is not contrary to the laws of trade,” — said the head of Department.

The United States resumed the first part of the sanctions in the night of 7 August. In particular, they touched upon the automotive sector of Iran and the sale of gold and several metals. A second package of sanctions will come into force on 5 November.

Relations between Iran and the US escalated when in may Washington left nuclear deal with Iran, accusing it of breaching the agreement. Tehran and the six mediator countries (the US, Russia, Britain, China, France and Germany) agreed on the terms of Iran’s nuclear program in the summer of 2015. The deal imposes restrictions on the activity of the Iranian side in the nuclear field in exchange for the lifting of sanctions by the UN security Council and restrictive measures imposed by the US and the EU.

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