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    Erdogan 'in a Bad Fix': West Unwilling to Justify Ankara's 'Cynicism'

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    In his recent address to parliament, President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of assisting the terrorists. Senator Oleg Morozov said that after the revelations made by the Russian Defense Ministry, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now finds himself in a “bad fix”.

    “No refuge for criminals. No double standards, no contacts with terrorist organizations. No blood business with the terrorists. We know who in Turkey is lining his pockets and allowing the terrorists to earn money,” Putin said.

    He added that “the criminals use this money to recruit mercenaries, organize barbarous terrorist attacks against our citizens and those of France, Lebanon, Mali and other countries.”

    Oleg Morozov, a member of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, told Sputnik Radio that even though Washington had acknowledged the veracity of the information obtained by Russia, they were still not prepared to directly accuse Erdogan of complicity in this illegal oil trafficking.

    “Still, the Americans have demanded that Turkey close the border the terrorists use to move in to get rest, obtain new weapons and equipment and medicine,” Morozov told Radio Sputnik.

    “No one in the West is now willing to justify the Turkish leaders’ cynicism. That’s why Erdogan now has no one to cover his back. I don’t know what the Americans are going to do in the event of a political destabilization in Turkey,” Oleg Morozov added.

    Earlier the Russian Defense Ministry provided proof of the Turkish President’s family’s involvement in the illegal oil supplies from Daesh-controlled oilfields in Syria and Iraq.

    The Defense Ministry also demonstrated photographs of oil trucks crossing the Syrian-Turkish border and waiting to be unloaded at the Turkish seaports.


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