On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry provided satellite images of oil trucks massing at the Turkish-Syrian border as evidence of illegal oil smuggling from Syria into Turkey. Pentagon rejected Russia’s evidence of Turkey’s involvement in oil deals with Daesh militants.
"If even this is not enough for our American colleagues, we advise to watch video from their drones, the number of which, by the way, recently tripled over the Syrian-Turkish border and the oil-bearing regions, controlled by terrorists," the ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said at a press briefing.
A US-led international coalition, which includes Turkey, has been carrying out a campaign against targets of Daesh, a group outlawed in a number of countries including Russia, in Syria since 2014. Russian jets commenced separate military operation against Daesh and other extremists in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.