Turkey cuts Syrian oil imports
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily NewsTurkey has silently stopped buying oil from Syria as part of sanctions aimed at stepping up pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime to end its bloody crackdown on the opposition.
The imports were cut last November, an energy ministry official said, adding that Turkey had bought Syrian oil worth about $200 million in 2011, before the decision was made. “The amount was not much, so the impact of cutting the imports will not be of much significance,” he said. In the meantime, Turkey is continuing to sell electricity to Syria, he added.
Also in November, Ankara announced that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) had suspended joint work with its Syrian counterpart at six wells in Syria as part of a bilateral oil exploration project.