As expected, Vladimir Putin’s retaliation against Erdogan’s folly is “swift, cold and unexpected”.
“Turkey’s leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in illegal oil trade with Islamic State militants, says the Russian Defense Ministry, stressing that Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq.
In addition to the official identification of the ISIS smuggling routes into Turkey, the Russians are also presenting evidence of a mammoth ISIS oil smuggling operation inside Iraq for the US coalition to act upon, in the meantime that the Iraqi government has not made official its intention to request for Russian forces to perform similar operation like in Syria into their own home turf.
According to Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Russia is aware of three main oil smuggling routes to Turkey.
“Today, we are presenting only some of the facts that confirm that a whole team of bandits and Turkish elites stealing oil from their neighbors is operating in the region,” Antonov said, adding that this oil “in large quantities” enters the territory of Turkey via “live oil pipelines,” consisting of thousands of oil trucks.
However, since the start of Russia’s anti-terrorist operation in Syria on September 30, the income of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants from illegal oil smuggling has been significantly reduced, the ministry said.
“The income of this terrorist organization was about $3 million per day. After two months of Russian airstrikes their income was about $1.5 million a day,” Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said.
The US-led coalition is not bombing IS oil trucks, Rudskoy said.
The Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing on new findings concerning IS funding in Moscow on Wednesday.”
The big question now is:
Will Mr. Erdogan resign as he advertised 2 days ago?
Russian Defense Ministry Holds Briefing on Fight Against Int’l Terrorism
15:29 All evidences to be published on the MoD website
The Russian Defense ministry will keep updating on the evidence. All the material has been published on the website.
15:26 Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov on financing terrorists
“We presented evidence how the illegal oil trade is carried out to finance the terrorist groups,” Antonov said. “We know how much Ercdogan’s words are worth.”
Erdogan’s resignation is not our objective – it is up to the Turkish people, he added.
No one in the West had not interest in Erdogan’s son being involved in the illegal oil trade, but Russian journalist are brave to tell the truth about Turkish crimes.
“If they think these are fake evidence let them make these areas available to journalists,” the Deputy Defense Minister said.
15:24 The head of the National Defense Management Center, Lt. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev about oil delivery routes
15:20 Main oil delivery routes operates near Turkish border
One of the largest centers of oil extraction is the town of Dier ez-Zor. The delivery route runs from Eastern Syria to Turkey, ending up at the Batman refinery in Turkey.
Russia is going to continue bomb Daesh oil targets.
15:12 Sergey Rudskoi, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces about Russian strikes on ISIL oil targets
For the last two months Russian airstrikes have destroyed 32 Daesh oil production facilities, 11 refineries, Rudskoi said.
VIDEO: Russian airstrikes on Daesh oil refinery near Maarrat al-Nu’man
The general staff has irrefutable evidence on Turkey’s involvement in the oil trade.
“We have identified three main oil routes,” Rudskoi said.
“Three main routes have been exposed for the transportation of oil to Turkey under the control of criminal IS groups in the regions of Syria and Iraq,” he said during a briefing.On November 16 260 tankers trucks were spotted near the Turkish border. Some of tanker trucks try to mask themselves as trailers.
VIDEO: Russian airstrike against oil storage near al-Sawra
On November 16 260 tankers trucks were spotted near the Turkish border. Some of tanker trucks try to mask themselves as trailers.
“Space reconnaissance established that after crossing the border tanker trucks moves further into Turkey,” Rudsloy said. Then oil was delivered to other countries.
Another oil delivery route operates in Northern Syria.
Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov speaks about world terrorist threat
To defeat ISIL it needs to destroy the illegal oil trade infrastructure, he said.
Main destination for the stolen oil from Syria is Turkey, Antonov said. Today we present only a part of the facts, the Deputy Minister added.
Russia is going to present hard evidence of Turkish participation in illegal oil trade.
15:07 The briefing has begun
The Russian Defense Ministry going to present evidence of Daesh illegal oil trade.
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