Russian Military Regularly Tracks Convoys Bringing Oil From Eastern Syria To Turkey, Iraq

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Russian Military Regularly Tracks Convoys Bringing Oil From Eastern Syria To Turkey, Iraq

Makeshift oil refineries in Syria are obtaining crude oil from the Islamic State network

On December 5, the chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, revealed that the Russian intelligence services regularly register convoys transporting oil, which move from eastern Syria to Turkey and Iraq.

“The Russian intelligence services regularly register convoys of trucks carrying oil tankers, which move from Syria’s eastern regions, controlled by [the US-led] coalition, to the territories of Turkey and Iraq … the funds from the sale of oil products are also being spent on financing terrorists belonging to ISIS,” Gen. Gerasimov said during a briefing with foreign countries’ military attaches, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

Gen. Gerasimov also warned that the U.S. is trying to establish a Kurdish state in northeastern Syria. According to the Russian general, the U.S. continue to deliver weapons and military equipment to Kurdish separates in the region, while turning a blind eye to the persecution of Arabs there.

“The situation on the eastern border of the Euphrates is deteriorating. The United States, falling back on Syrian Kurds, is trying to create a quasi-state formation independent from the central government there. They are already forming the government of the so-called Democratic Federation of Northern Syria,” said Gen. Gerasimov.

In a similar warning, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that the U.S. is violating the territorial integrity of Syria and trying to to establish a quasi-state structures on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The U.S’ main proxy in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), is still preventing the Damascus government from opearting large oil fields in its areas. While the force says that these resources are kept for all Syrians once a political solution is reached, it continues to exploit them for its own benefit.

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