Erdogan Defies Trump Over Iran Sanctions

Posted on September 27, 2019 12:56 pm

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday continued to chart a collision course with Washington over Iran. Erdogan is categorically ruling out enforcing American sanctions intended to put Iran in an economic straitjacket.

“It is impossible for us to cancel relations with Iran with regard to oil and natural gas. We will continue to buy our natural gas from there,” Erdogan said to reporters Friday, while returning from the United Nations General Assembly. Turkey is Iran’s second-largest importer of natural gas.

“The importance [of] this announcement is economic,” said Iran expert Jamshid Assadi of France’s Burgundy Business School. “Any income in Tehran’s