"Hydrocarbons smuggling as one of the main sources of funding for terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq has been reduced to a minimum," Rogachev said.
Daesh* and Nusra Front*, however, "have never run out of bullets" during the seven-year conflict in Syria, despite being confronted by Syrian government troops, the Russian Aerospace Forces and Shiite militias, according to Rogachev.
Rogachev noted that the Russian side had collected some data and had discussions on the issue with a number of countries. However, the problem of arms supplies within the context of international counterterrorism cooperation has not been seriously addressed so far, the diplomat concluded.
*terrorist groups banned in Russia