Foreign Policy of Turkey - 8
America asks Turkey to cut oil import from Iran
-COL DR. ABDUL RUFF
As the crown prince of notorius NATO gangsters, USA has been using its immoral links to coerce the member states to stop buying oil from Iran, thereby fore cing Tehran to abide by American dictates. .
Under tremendous pressure form White House, the EU might join the USA in imposing a total ban on imports of Iranian oil from July. Most European refiners have gradually stopped lifting Iranian crude ahead of the EU embargo. From July 1 Turkey will remain effectively the sole buyer of Iranian crude in Europe. EU imports of Iranian crude fell to around 350,000 bpd in April from over 700,000 bpd last year, trade data compiled by Reuters showed.
Turkey, the world's fifth largest buyer of Iranian oil, pledged in March to cut imports by 20 percent in a move similar to Iran's Asian customers such asJapan and South Korea. Turkey's only crude buyer, refiner Tupras, has a term contract with Iran that expires in August allowing it to lift 180,000 bpd. However, according to official trade data it bought an unusually high 270,000 bpd of Iranian crude in March and fresh data for April showed imports at 249,000 bpd.
Turkey, an European member member of NATO struggling ot enter the EU with US help, is among the Muslim naitons that are being forced by Washngotn to cur the oil imports form tehran. Turkey, according ot the western reports available, has steeply cut oil imports fromIran in May and June to avoid US sanctions after official trade data showed stubbornly high imports in April.
Lower imports from Ankara will add pressure on Tehran which is struggling to sell oil as the West expands sanctions to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear program. A sharp drop in crude prices in May below $100 a barrel is a further blow for Tehran which is heavily dependent on oil revenues.
Volumes have in fact been much smaller as April data included some purchases made in March. If counted by loading dates, April imports have been just 107,000 bpd and in May they amounted to 142,000 bpd. An offical said ”The plan for June is the same -- 142,000 bpd," the source said, adding that the company planned to keep its imports at around 80 percent of contracted volumes after July.We are abiding by our declaration from the end of March. We're aiming to continue in July in line with June," he said.
Turkey accounted for 7 percent of Iran's crude oil exports in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Official trade data shows that in the first four months of this year, Turkey got about 58 percent of its near 6 million tonnes in crude supplies from Iran.
Iraq, its second biggest supplier, trailed far behind with 743,537 tonnes, or 45,000 bpd in the first four months. Other suppliers were Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. In 2011, Iran provided more than half of Turkey's total crude imports at just over 18 million tonnes.
A Word: Need for an Islamic Security Orgnaization (ISO)
Turkey should not foolishly fall into the trap from anti-Islamic nations led by unilateral USA. Nor shuld it antagonize Iran to placade the uS imperialists. If it does, history will punish Istanbul. If necessary, Turkey shuld come out of Nato terrorist organization and establish an Islamic Security Orgnaization (ISO).
د. عبد راف
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst-columnist;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism" Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com/ 91-9961868309/91-9961868309
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