Us wants more sanctions on iran: Washington

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has asked Russia to keep a close eye on a key Iranian port despite the country’s recent move to expand the supply of crude oil to Turkey, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Pentagon asked Russia to add inspections of Iranian shipping channels in the Middle East, in addition to port security, but Moscow has yet to move any ships, the people said.

“We want our partners to stay alert,” said one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal decision not to respond to specific requests.

The request from the State Department came during a visit by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin to Washington last week, two U.S. officials said, and is part of a broader effort to bolster pressure on Iran over its support for Shiite militias battling Kurdish and Sunni militant groups in the Middle East, where tensions with Iran are growing.

Iran has made an effort over the last few years to bolster its oil supplies to Turkey, which accounts for half of its oil exports, despite economic sanctions against the cou평택출장마사지ntry.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they would work together to strengthen ties.

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President Barack Obama has warned Moscow not to make plans in Syria that would endanger its key ally Turkey, where the Syrian civil war is raging and the country’s government is under siege by an Al Qaeda-linked jihadist group. It also is home to the largest group of American civilians, including roughly 1 million Kurdish fighters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group, said Tuesday night that Russian bombers and fighter jets struck an artillery base near the Syrian border with Turkey late Monday, the latest U.S. strikes in the Syria Civil War to date against a group believed to have Iranian support.

“We will not let Russia, or anyone else, in Syria, be abl