The Russian Defence Ministry has accused Ankara of importing oil smuggled out of territories controlled by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, claiming that Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his family were personally involved in the trade. “Turkey is the main buyer of oil stolen by IS. Top-level state leadership — President Erdogan and his family — is involved in this criminal business,” Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said during a press briefing yesterday,
The pro-Kremlin RT news portal cited Antonov as saying that Russia was aware of “three main oil smuggling routes” to Turkey.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow had received information suggesting that oil from IS territories was being brought into Turkey by truck convoys in amounts that hinted at industrial use. Erdogan challenged his Russian counterpart to either prove the allegations or resign from his post.
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