By Gulsen Solaker
ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey would not abide by the renewed sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping industries, adding that they were aimed at "unbalancing the world".
The comments came a day after Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran, abandoning a 2015 deal between Iran and Iran over its nuclear program. The U.S. Iranian crude.
Speaking to reporters in parliament, the Turkish president attacked the sanctions.
"These are steps aimed at unbalancing the world." These issues will be put on the table at the summit (this weekend) in Paris, "Erdogan said.
"We really want to get away with these sanctions." We're buying 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas. "We can not freeze our people in the cold."
Speaking in Japan earlier on Tuesday, Turkey's foreign minister said it would be dangerous to isolate Iran, adding that it's not easy for countries like Turkey and Japan to diversify energy supplies.
I think meaningful dialogue and talks are more useful than sanctions, "Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
U.S. President Donald Trump aims to hit Iran's economy and force it to abandon its nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile program and its support for militant proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.
Erdogan wants to attend a summit to commemorate the end of World War I in Paris over the weekend, where he is expected to talk with Trump over issues including the renewed sanctions and policy in Syria.
(Additional reporting by Ece Toksabay, Ali Kucukgocmen and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans and Andrew Roche)