Turkey to continue buying Iran gas

Thu 27 December 2012 08:07 GMT | 13:07 Local Time

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Turkey will continue buying Iran gas, Energy minister says.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Turkey will continue buying natural gas from Iran despite sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic by the West.

"It is out of question for us to take a step backward," Yildiz said Wednesday. "Furthermore, we have not been asked to take such a step,” he added.

Yildiz said that Tehran supplies 18 to 20 percent of the gas consumed by Turkey, which makes it the second exporter of gas to Ankara.

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