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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Russian defense ministry: "Main Illegal Oil Transportation Routes Located on Turkey-Syria Border "

Russian Defense Ministry has presented photos of oil delivery convoys at Syria-Turkey border. (SP)

The general staff has irrefutable evidence on Turkey's involvement in illegal oil trade.

Turkey’s leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in illegal oil trade with Islamic State militants, says the Russian Defense Ministry, stressing that Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq.

According to Deputy Minister Anatoly Antonov, Russia is aware of three main oil smuggling routes to Turkey.
Today, we are presenting only some of the facts that confirm that a whole team of bandits and Turkish elites stealing oil from their neighbors is operating in the region,” Antonov said, adding that this oil “in large quantities” enters the territory of Turkey via “live oil pipelines,” consisting of thousands of oil trucks.
Antonov added that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled oil coming from Iraq and Syria.

According to our data, the top political leadership of the country - President Erdogan and his family – is involved in this criminal business.”

However, since the start of Russia’s anti-terrorist operation in Syria on September 30, the income of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants from illegal oil smuggling has been significantly reduced, the ministry said.

The income of this terrorist organization was about $3 million per day. After two months of Russian airstrikes their income was about $1.5 million a day,” Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said.

The ministry provided photographs of columns of oil fuel tankers on the Turkish-Syrian border. Fuel tankers with oil freely cross the border between Turkey and Iraq, according to Russia's General Staff.

The oil from Daesh-controlled areas in Syria is being shipped to third countries for processing after having been transported to Turkey, the General Staff noted.

"We have identified three main oil routes," Rudskoy said. 

Russian Defense Ministry's information on Daesh oil trucks in Syria will be made publicly available online. Read the full story here. More details here .

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