Erdogan will continue to buy hydrocarbons from Iran, disregarding sanctions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it’s “impossible” for his country to stop purchasing oil and natural gas from Iran, suggesting that Turkey will disregard a raft of US sanctions now imposed on Iran’s energy sector.

Erdogan told reporters aboard his return flight from the UN General Assembly meeting in New York that Ankara would not be deterred by American sanctions on Iran’s oil and gas trades, and said Turkey has no interest in cutting ties with the Islamic Republic, Turkish broadcaster NTV reports.