Turkey to decrease import of Iranian oil
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 30 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
Turkey will reduce purchase of Iranian oil and increase Libyan oil imports, Haber7 TV channel website reported on Friday.
According to the report, Turkey took such a decision against the backdrop of the U.S. pressure on Ankara over the decline in purchase of Iranian oil.
U.S. Ambassador to Ankara, Francis Ricciardone reminded Turkey that some countries reduced oil imports from Iran. The U.S. expects the similar step from Turkey, Ricciardone said.
During Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Iran the price of Iranian gas imported into Turkey was also discussed, the website reported.
Iran has displayed persistence in this matter, stating that it will not reduce gas prices.
Earlier Turkey sued Iran at the International Court of Arbitration to dispute gas price.
In 1996, Iran and Turkey signed an agreement to supply 10 billion cubic metres of gas to Turkey annually (30 million cubic metres per day).
According to the statistical data of the Turkish State Pipeline Corporation Botas, Turkey imported 39.7 billion cubic meters of gas in 2011. Among the exporters of gas to Turkey Russia ranks first, Iran and Azerbaijani follow Russia.