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    Top Priority: Turkish-Syrian Border Must be Closed to End Daesh Arms Flow

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    Weapons and militants get to Syria through the Turkish border and closing it off is a top priority, Russian envoy to the UN Geneva Office Alexey Borodavkin told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — Earlier reports suggested that Syrian militants were receiving multiple arms supplies from Turkey inlcuding ground-to-ground missiles.

    "We are well aware that, unfortunately, weapons, equipment, ammunition and militants belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh cross to the Syrian territory through the Turkish-Syrian border. Therefore, one of the priority tasks is to reliably block the Turkish-Syrian border," Borodavkin said.

    In early February, Syrian government forces alongside the National Defense Forces have managed to cut off several main supply lines of Al-Nusra Front militants on the Turkish border.

    In December 2015, the Russian Defense Ministry released satellite images showing oil allegedly being trucked from Daesh facilities in Syria to Turkey.

    Daesh also used the Turkish city of Gaziantep to sell off thousands of antiquities looted in Iraq and Syria, according to the Russian permanent representative to the UN.

    Ankara officially denies having links to Daesh, which is outlawed in multiple countries including Russia.


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