Turkey says US sanctions on Iran do not serve peace

<p style="text-align: left;">U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports do not serve peace in the region, a spokesman for Turkey&amp;rsquo;s ruling AKP said on May 10.

&ldquo;We state that such sanctions are only punishing people, and that it is not possible to reach the goals written in any way,&rdquo; Omer Celik told a wide-ranging news conference at the party headquarters.

&ldquo;We once again clearly state that we are against these sanctions, and that these sanctions will not yield the right results,&rdquo; he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration re-imposed sanctions on Iranian oil exports in November after he pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Tehran, Washington and five world powers.

Washington announced last month that it would end sanctions waivers granted to countries that were still buying Iranian oil.

The moves are a part of Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign to curb sales of Iranian oil, denying what Washington said was the country&rsquo;s main source of revenue.

On purchase of S-400 air missile system Celik said Turkey maintains its position on purchasing the Russian S-400 advanced surface to-air missile system and F-35 fighter jets, Hurriyet daily reported.

He said it&rsquo;s impossible for any Western country to cope alone against terror attacks. &ldquo;The spirit of solidarity and alliance will become more important and Turkey is a key country in the NATO alliance,&rdquo; he said.

&ldquo;I emphasize once again that we want to hear more common sense, closer to cooperation than our allies,&rdquo; he added.

Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

Washington said the move will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and could trigger congressional sanctions. Turkey decided in 2017 to purchase the S-400 system following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success.

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