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.
8 thoughts on “Russia Presents Evidence of Turkey’s Oil Trade With ISIS”
Erdogan had previously called Russia’s allegation “slander” and offered to resign if there was any evidence of oil smuggling into Turkey.
Mr.Erdogans words weren't as posted, he stated if he was involved and from my point of view
Why is it ok for the Syrian government to by oil from Daesh and also for the Iraqis to do the
Same and it's not ok for the Turks to do the same, aren’t all wars business, so why is it ok for some to prophet and not ok for others.
There is a difference. Iraq and Syrian are basically paying a ransom on their own oil. Any oil IS sell to Turkey is stolen from either Iraq or Syria.
I forgot. There has also been a UN embargo in place on oil from IS-held territory for over a year now.
So what? As Mr Ditz says, such allegations come and go and are quickly forgotten. Even if it were true, I don't see what it would change and I certainly don't see how it would help Putin. In fact, if little Vlad had an ounce of political savvy, he'd have swept the shootdown under the carpet. Instead of that he's got himself into a third fight. Essentially, he's flailing about wildly trying to find a way out of the mess he's in but is just digging himself in deeper.
1.Reading compehension, Mr Kenny. It means you read more than the first sentence ("such allegations come and go", yes, but these ones actually had "detailed evidence" as follow-up. 2."Even if it were true, I don't see what it would change…" So Turkey breaking an embargo and being publicly shamed for it… Well, OK, you don't see something everyone finds blindingly obvious, nothing new there. 3. He should have swept it under the carpet? THAT is showing political savvy? Good, God, man, your desperation is showing.
Dec 3, 2015 U.S. and Western Policy Towards Russia by Center for Strategic International Studies
The Russian annexation of Crimea has led to over two years of debate regarding Washington’s strategy towards Moscow. Today, with Ukraine somewhat quieter and seeming progress towards cooperation on Syria, are more cooperative approaches possible? What should be Washington’s goals in engaging with Russia, or responding to it on the global stage? Are there tools that have not yet been tried, and what can they attain where other efforts have failed?
Catherine the Great gave the Russians full control over the Crimea most ethnic Russians live there voted for their presence.*any questions about this*
Would be interesting to see the reaction of those "Champions Of Freedom" who are supposed to be "degrading" ISIS whilst providing them with a market for stolen oil via their Turkish Ally.
Comments are closed.