Iran's Oil Ministry announced a ban on oil and gas exports to 27 countries of the European Union.
Reportedly this decision Ministry made in response to the anti-Iran sanctions, approved by the heads of the European Union in 2012. This step is purely declarative, since the number of sanctions adopted by the EU, was part of a ban on imports of Iranian energy.
Prior to the imposition of sanctions the countries of the European Union accounted for 18% of Iran oil export.
Recall that on November 30 last year, American parliamentarians voted unanimously to impose additional sanctions against Iran as part of the bill for the defense budget. The action package restrictions apply to Iranian companies operating in the energy, transportation, shipbuilding, as well as to the ports.