Tajikistan not to buy Iranian oil
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova/
Tajikistan is not going to buy Iranian crude oil, Tajikistan's Energy and Industry Ministry reported.
"We have no agreement with Iran on oil supplies and we have no plans on this issue," a source in Tajik Ministry told Trend over the phone on Friday.
Earlier Iranian media outlets reported that Tajikistan's Ambassador to Tehran Dolat Ali Hatamov said the country is ready to buy Iranian crude oil.
The source in Tajikistan's Energy and Industry Ministry denied this information.
According to Iranian media, Mr Hatamov said during a press conference in Tehran on Thursday that most of Tajikistan's oil demand is met by Russia, but the country is ready to import a part of oil that Iran demands.
He emphasized the necessity of building a gas pipeline between the two countries.
There is no common border between Iran and Tajikistan. Mr Hatamov did not explain any further information about his pipeline idea.
Tajikistan's daily oil consumption is 38,000 barrels per day. Russia supplies 92 percent of Tajikistan's oil demand.
The United State and European Union adopted sanctions against Iran's crude oil import. The EU will cut Iranian oil in 5 month according the resolution accepted by 27 members of the EU in January.
Iran announced last week that this country banned oil supply to France and the United Kingdom.
He also said that Istiqlal Tunnel project is developed at 90 percent. Iran is constructing Tajikistan's Anzab (Istiqlal) tunnel.