As Arab World Churns, Turkey Leans to the West
Turkish citizens carry banners that read 'We don't want war, but peace. Peace now! ' and 'We don't want to be a missile shield for U.S. and Israel' at a protest in Ankara on October 8, 2011. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
March 13, 2012
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific, Europe
Omer Taspinar, director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, says Turkey believes diplomacy is what’s needed now in dealing with Iran, not sanctions or military action.
“Turkey is reluctant to engage in a very strict sanctions regime against Iran on the grounds that sanctions…don’t work,” he told LIGNET in an exclusive interview this week. But also, he said, Iran is one of the two biggest exporters of oil to Turkey, along with Russia. Turkey needs Iranian oil and so can’t risk a “Cold War” with Tehran.

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