With tensions still on the rise over last week’s Turkish attack on a Russian bomber, the Russian Defense Ministry has accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family of being deeply involved in ISIS oil smuggling into Turkey.
While most such allegations come and go and are quickly forgotten, the defense ministry followed this allegation up with a detailed presentation of evidence backing the claim that ISIS is smuggling oil into Turkey in great quantities.
The evidence includes satellite footage of oil trucks moving around Syria, with detailed routes of how they access Turkish territory, and video of trucks entering Turkey from ISIS territory unhindered.
Erdogan had previously called Russia’s allegation “slander” and offered to resign if there was any evidence of oil smuggling into Turkey. Russian officials mocked this during the presentation, suggesting Erdogan’s face could be covered in stolen oil and he’d still deny it.
The presentation was light on direct connections to Erdogan’s family, though with his family so deeply involved in Turkey’s energy industry, simply tracking the oil from ISIS territory to refineries inside Turkey is likely a start toward that end.