It is impossible for Turkey to stop buying oil and gas from Iran and Ankara does not fear the spectre of possible US sanctions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told local press during his return from the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

Turkey’s crude imports from Iran halved in the first half of 2019 to 84,600 b/d compared to the same period last year with state refiner Tupras announcing in early July that it had halted purchases (MEES, 6 September).

However, there has been...