Dec 05 2018

Russian intelligence regularly registers convoys bringing oil from east Syria to Turkey, Iraq - military

The Chief of General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov has said Russian intelligence regularly records the transportation of oil from the eastern Syria to Turkey and Iraq, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

"Russian intelligence vehicles regularly observe caravans comprised of oil tankers from the regions of Syria’s east controlled by international coalition forces to Turkish and Iraqi soil,’’ Cumhuriyet quoted Gerasimov as saying during a briefing with foreign countries’ military attaches on Wednesday.

The money from the sales of gas is being used for financing Islamic State (ISIS) militants , the Russian chief of general staff said, adding that the United States is looking to establish an independent Kurdish state in Syria.

Gerasimov’s statements arrive as the United States has begun to set up observation points in northern Syria’s towns bordering Turkey, after Turkish Armed Forces shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northeastern Syria.

The United States maintains the move is to provide additional transparency and better enable Turkey's protection from ISIS; however, Ankara sees the plan as a way of U.S. soldiers to protecting YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation.