Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) May 23, 2019 Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May as U.S. waivers granted last November to eight buyers expired, and will continue to abide by Washington's demand that it halt all imports [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Turkey|

Zarif suggests establishing security zone on Turkish borders

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow. (AFP) May 9, 2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has met today (Wednesday) with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in Moscow. Their meeting focused on developments in Syria, especially in the northern region, Ankara’s willingness to establish [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Cornered by Iran sanctions, Turkey is said to eye Iraqi oil

An oil field is seen in Dibis area on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq October 17, 2017. (REUTERS) April 30, 2019 Turkey is seeking ways to buy more oil from Iraq, already a major supplier of crude to the Middle East’s biggest economy, as the U.S. looks to squeeze exports from Iran, according to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Iraq, Turkey|

US poised to end waivers for 5 countries importing Iranian oil

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting at the State Department in Washington, April 4, 2019. (AFP) April 22, 2019 The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt [...]

By |April 22nd, 2019|East Asia, North America, Turkey, USA|

Iranian and Turkish face off with Washington will have different outcomes

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif give a press conference in Ankara, April 17, 2019. (AFP) April 20, 2019 The United States is increasing pressure on Tehran and Ankara. With Tehran, it’s almost a declared war while the pressure on Ankara is less than war but [...]

By |April 20th, 2019|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkey looking at new trade mechanisms with Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif give a press conference in Ankara, April 17, 2019. (AFP) April 18, 2019 Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday Turkey is looking into establishing new trade mechanisms with Iran, like the INSTEX system set up by European countries to [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Turkey|

Russia’s UN Ambassador: Iran and Turkey will leave Syria

Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya speaks during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, February 22, 2018. (Reuters) April 12, 2019 In his first ever interview with an Arab media outlet, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said that the world order [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Turkey, Qatar criticize US designation of IRGC as terror group

Turkey's minister for Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) shaking hands with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. (AFP) April 10, 2019 Turkey and Qatar on Tuesday objected to US President Donald Trump’s decision to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. “The [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Qatar, Turkey|

Iran denies Turkish claim on taking part in anti-PKK operation

A Turkish soldier stands at the Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters ) March 19, 2019 Hours after Turkey's interior minister was quoted as saying that a joint operation against Kurdish militants was launched together with Iran, an Iranian official denied any role. Turkey's Anadolu news agency had quoted Soleyman Soylu on Monday saying, "We started [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Turkey|

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) March 6, 2019 Neighbors Turkey and Iran will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish rebels, state-run Anadolu news agency quoted [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Turkey|