WASHINGTON: The US on Wednesday turned down the Russian allegations that the Turkish govt had been in league with the Islamic State (IS) militants to smuggle oil from Syria.
“We reject outright the premise that the Turkish government is in league with IS to smuggle oil across its borders,” Xinhua quoted Mark Toner, Condition Division spokesman, as stating.
“And we frankly see no proof, none, to help this kind of an accusation.”
The Russian defense ministry on Wednesday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his loved ones of profiting from illegal shipments of oil by IS the terrorist group in Syria.
“The principal customer of oil stolen from respectable house owners in Syria and Iraq is Turkey. Leading political leadership of the region, President Erdogan and his family members, are included in this prison enterprise,” Russia’s Deputy Protection Minister Anatoly Antonov advised a press briefing in Moscow, the Russian money.
“We don’t imagine there is any reality to the reality that their claims that the Turkish federal government is someway complicit in a lawful oil trade with IS, is just not true,” Toner stated.