Turkey on Friday denounced US criticism of Saudi Arabia over the OPEC+ decision to cut oil production.
At a news conference in the southern province of Mersin, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the US criticism “bullying,” as Ankara threw its weight behind Riyadh on the issue.
He said, “We see that the country (the United States) is threatening Saudi Arabia, and this bullying is not true.”
The senior Turkish diplomat said the sanctions must be lifted if the world wants to lower oil prices, adding that the issue cannot be resolved by “threatening one country (Saudi Arabia)”.
“The whole world needs oil and natural gas in Venezuela,” he urged. There is also an embargo on Iranian oil… If you want oil prices to go down, lift the sanctions.”
On Oct. 5, Saudi Arabia, which heads OPEC+, voted to cut oil production by about two million barrels per day, with the White House claiming it not only offered its support but also worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the bloc implemented it, pressuring other countries to join. to the line.
While US President Joe Biden vocally criticized the kingdom, warning of the consequences.