The Tehran summit: Three jugglers and a phantom

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) By Amir Taheri September 8, 2018 Is Russian President Vladimir Putin treating the Syrian conflict as a [...]

By |September 8th, 2018|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Iran foreign minister in surprise Erdogan talks: Turkish presidency

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Ankara, Turkey, May 7, 2017. (Reuters) August 29, 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was on Wednesday holding previously unannounced talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the Turkish presidency said. Zarif went into the talks at the [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Syria, Turkey|

New Iran, Russia, Turkey summit on Syria Sept 7 in Iran

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (r), Russia's President Vladimir Putin, (c), and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani pose for the media members in Sochi, Russia, November 22. 2017. (AP) August 28, 2018 The presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey will meet on September 7 in Iran for their third tripartite summit on seeking to [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Iran sanctions may see US-Turkey ties get a lot worse

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, June 13, 2017. (REUTERS) By Gönül Tol and Engin Polar August 15, 2018 This week, the Trump administration reimposed economic sanctions on Iran, targeting mainly financial transactions with and [...]

By |August 15th, 2018|Turkey|

US confirms Iran sanctions waiver for Azerbaijan natural gas pipeline to Turkey, Europe

BP's agreement last year to sell the field to Serica Energy was contingent on receiving a US exemption from Iran sanctions. (Supplied) By Meghan Gordon August 9, 2018 The Southern Gas Corridor has received a waiver from US sanctions against Iran's energy customers, an expected win for the project, designed to transport 16 Bcm/year [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey|

Turkey to continue buying natural gas from Iran despite U.S. sanctions

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) August 9, 2018 Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran in line with its long-term supply contract, Turkey’s energy minister said on Wednesday, despite the re-imposition of the first phase of US [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Turkey|

Turkey vows to defy U.S. sanctions on Iran – again

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) is welcomed by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (REUTERS) By Behnam Ben Taleblu July 31, 2018 As the August 6 deadline approaches for the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Turkey has declared it “will not obey” [...]

By |July 31st, 2018|Turkey|

Turkey in US talks to avoid ‘negative impact’ from Iran sanctions

In a sign of warming relations, the two leaders announced to increase trade between Turkey and Iran to $30bn. (AFP) July 21, 2018 Turkey on Friday hosted an American delegation for talks to address concerns about the potential negative impact on its economy of the looming reimposition of US sanctions against Iran. US [...]

By |July 21st, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

U.S. delegation to meet Turkish officials on Iran sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a press conference on January 31, 2017. (AFP) July 19, 2018 A U.S. delegation of Treasury and State Department officials will meet Turkish authorities on Friday to discuss sanctions targeting Iran, an official from Turkey's foreign ministry said. "A U.S. delegation currently holding talks in India [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

Islamic Republic tests old and new tactics to evade sanctions

Iranian jailed tycoon, Babak Zanjani attending court hearing session. (Supplied) July 6, 2018 While the shadow of renewed sanctions loom over Tehran and Iran’s oil production is expected to experience a dramatic downfall this November, Tehran has been testing the waters for tactics to circumvent sanctions. One of these tactics has already failed [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|