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Turkey rejects further reduction of Iran oil import

Turkey says it will not accept any additional reduction of its oil imports from Iran.

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Turkey rejects making further reductions in its oil imports from neighboring Iran, which is under U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program, the energy ministry said on Friday.

“We have reduced our imports to 105,000 barrels a day from 140,000 barrels. We cannot reduce it anymore,” Taner Yildiz told reporters in Ankara.

Iran’s economy has been crippled by a series of U.N. and U.S. sanctions aimed at bringing an end to its nuclear program, which the West claims is being used to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the assertion.

Turkey was granted a waiver on Iranian oil by the United States after its biggest refiner Tupras made cuts in its purchases from Tehran.

Ankara remains one of the largest customers for Iranian oil.