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    The RT Documentary revealing the cooperation between Turkey and Daesh again brought the issue of the oil trade between the jihadists and Ankara high on the agenda of the Turkish Parliament.

    Deputy of the oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) Murat Emir has sent a corresponding request to the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in which he asked him to comment on the documents presented in the film.

    The RT documentary crew recently came across bundles of unique documents, which revealed the scope of the illicit business and the revenue it provided. The report provided evidence that Turkey has been purchasing oil from Daesh, and is either supporting or ignoring terrorists crossing its border into Syria.

    According to the report, Daesh was said to have gained up to $2 million daily from oil sales before the Russia- and US-led coalitions largely destroyed the group's oil infrastructure in late 2015.

    Meanwhile representative of the Mehmet Seker commented on the issue in an interview with Sputnik.

    "Unfortunately, we have no reliable information about where the oil sold by Daesh in Syria goes and which countries buy it. We know that most of the oil is sent to the region of Iraqi Kurdistan, where it is processed by certain enterprises and then sold further," Seker said.

    "What happens afterwards is very difficult to find out. We don't know who gets the money, who buys it and how. But we have information according to which Daesh sells a barrel of oil for 17-18 dollars, while on the international market it is sold for $40," the politician added.

    Seker argued that the illegal trade process is unlikely to take place on the governmental level as the revenues are not big enough for any state to be involved.

    "But individuals, companies could be involved in this business, because in this case the benefit is very significant," he said.

    According to the politician, Daesh uses the money from oil sales to finance its terrorist activities and buy weapons, explosives, ammunition and other equipment to organize terrorist attacks in Turkey and in Europe.

    "These individuals must be held accountable for their actions at the international level. Yes, the oil trade with Daesh involves certain people, but in fact whole states are turning a blind eye to it," Seker concluded.

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