Turkey to continue natural gas import from Iran: Energy minister

TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) – Fatih Donmez, Tukey’s energy minister, said that buying natural gas from Iran will continue despite the risk of US sanctions.

In an interview with Turkish Heber Turk TV, the Turkish minister said that his country’s imports of natural gas from Iran is based on a long-term contract that will continue until 2026, and Turkey will continue its business with its neighbor based in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.

Donmez said that Turkey imports 9.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually and it cannot leave Turkish citizens without gas and electricity.

Referring to the risk of US sanctions against Iran, he said that the US unilateral bans have caused problems for European countries as well and Turkey's legitimate trade with its neighbor should be taken into account by the United States.

On May 8, the US President Donald Trump unlawfully pulled out of Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions on the country. He has called on countries not to trade with Iran while other different countries, including other signatories to the deal, have vowed to resist US pressures. Turkey has already declared that it will not abide by the US unilateral sanctions against its neighbor.

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