Vladimir Putin said Russia knows who benefits from oil smuggling in Turkey and who who is recruiting new militants.
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The president stressed that Russia differentiated between the Turkish people and its leadership.
"The Turkish people are kind, hardworking and talented. We have many old and trustworthy friends in Turkey. And I stress – they must know that we do not equate them to the part of the current authorities who are directly responsible for the deaths of the our servicemen in Turkey," Putin said.
Russia has repeatedly stated that Turkey is the main consumer of illegal oil from Syria and Iraq, accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family of direct involvement in the oil business of the Islamic State terrorist group, known as Daesh in the Arab world and outlawed in Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow would hand over to the United Nations and all interested countries solid proof of Turkey's involvement in illicit oil trade with terrorists.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, IS earns around $2 billion annually, spending these funds on hiring militants from around the world and equipping them with weapons.