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    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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