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A picture taken on November 25, 2013 shows oil rigs in the Kurdish town of Deriq (al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in the northeastern Hasakeh governorate on the border with Turkey and Iraq

Syrian Kurds to Continue Working With Russia to Halt Illegal Oil to Turkey

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Syrian Kurds will develop a comprehensive partnership with Moscow

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Syrian Kurds will develop a comprehensive partnership with Moscow, including on preventing illegal oil flows to Turkey, the head of the newly opened Western Kurdistan representation in Moscow said Wednesday.

"We will continue cooperating with Russia on all matters, including on the issue of illegal oil supplies to Turkey," Rodi Osman told reporters. He added that cooperation with Russian oil companies is not envisaged so far.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Turkey was attempting to protect its "dirty" oil business with terrorists by voicing its concern over activities by the Syrian Army near its borders.

The Daesh militant group, outlawed in Russia, controls large swathes of land in oil-rich Syria, Iraq and Libya. In late 2015, the Russian Defense Ministry presented evidence showing that the jihadist group has been smuggling oil across the Syria-Turkey border in large volumes.

According to Russian envoy to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, Daesh illicit exports of oil, primary via Turkey, allows it to gain approximately $1.5 million a day. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly denied profiting from Daesh oil trafficking.

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Kurds, oil, Turkey, Syria
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  • klod.infobeez
    I guess that if Erdomuz could go back in the time, he would not attack this Russian plane and even less assassinate the jumping pilot, what is, by the way, prohibited by the Geneva Conventions et by just humanity and honor.
  • nusotnusot
    This news doesn't make any sense at all. Every day Sputnik tells us how the glorious Russian air force had bombed thousands of ISIS oil tankers, wells, refineries, storage utilities, etc. And every other day, there is another piece of news like this, about ongoing oil traffic to Turkey. Both of these can’t be true, it is not that Russia is bombing the oil infrastructure of Saudi Arabia, ISIS has (had) only 161 functional oil wells in Syria, with about 30K barrel capacity per day. Sputnik, are you trying to say that Russian pilots are actually incompetent drunks who are not capable of hitting huge oil infrastructure targets (but you guys can’t say it openly because you don’t feel safe)? Or is this oil traffic story only another propaganda piece to justify the air attacks?
  • All Russia has to do is to invent long distance Dragunovs with incendiary bullets to blow up tanker convoys from a safe distance. Hazir Kurdu will do the rest.
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