BELGRADE, December 3. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in connection with the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip erdoğan that he allegedly has proofs of participation of the Russian Federation for oil trade with terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG), reminded of the famous proverb – “the thief and the cap burns”.
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The supply routes of illegal oil in Turkey. Data Of The Ministry Of Defense
“I did not hear this statement. But it is strange that it is followed in many-many days after the subject of the illegal trade in oil has already hit in the media space, when we presented specific facts, – said Lavrov. – You can only adage about a hat to remember. More anything on mind does not come.”
According to AFP, December 3, Erdogan said that he allegedly has proofs of Russia’s involvement .
On Wednesday Deputy defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters that the top Turkish leadership and personally by Tayyip Erdogan is involved in illegal extraction and transportation to Turkey of Syrian and Iraqi oil.
About the meeting with the foreign Minister of Turkey
Lavrov at the meeting with the foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu did not hear anything new on the situation with the downed Turkish air force Russian su-24 bomber.
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“We met with the Minister on his strong request, have not heard anything new, – said Lavrov. – Turkey’s foreign Minister confirmed the approaches that are publicly announced by the President and Prime Minister of Turkey”.
According to him, the Russian side confirmed its estimates, dubbed “from the very first day, after our bomber was shot down by crime contrary to all the rules applicable in such cases.”
“Evaluation all these were set forth, we confirmed today, including detailed assessments that have been made in the presidential address to the Federal Assembly”, – said the Russian Minister.
The Russian side does not intersect, how long was the meeting in Belgrade by the foreign Ministers of Russia and Turkey. About it has informed journalists a source in the Russian delegation.
Earlier, Turkish media spread information that the meeting of Ministers, held on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council, continued for 40 minutes.
According to Lavrov, Russia does not mix the Turkish people and those who gave the order to attack su-24.
Turkish people – good, hardworking and talented. In Turkey we have a lot of old and reliable friends. And let me stress that we do not put an equal sign between them and part of today’s ruling elite, which is directly responsible for the deaths of our soldiers in Syria
“We have always said, and today President Putin has confirmed it, speaking in the Kremlin, we see the Turkish nation as our friend and not mix the Turkish people and those who gave the criminal order, he said. – How will this action of the Turkish leadership on our relationship, we’ve already announced. There are decisions of the President, there are solutions that in execution of his decree adopted by the government, so all this is known”.
“We want to avoid any steps which would prejudice the relations between people, – he continued. – Probably, there are some excesses, but it is not the policy of the President, not the government’s position”.
“We will try not to create any problems for Turkish citizens, nor to citizens of Russia”, – summed up the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.
On the Turkish-Syrian border
The US has the understanding that you need to close the Turkish-Syrian border, said Sergei Lavrov.
Speaking about the results of his meeting with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, the Minister said that this conference discussed “the problem of combating ISIL.” “And John Kerry agreed with me that one of the long overdue and urgent measures is the adoption of measures to close the Turkish-Syrian border, and probably the Turkish-Iraqi border, because it’s all connected, – said Lavrov. Exactly how to do it – you know our thoughts about who we could cooperate.”
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Lavrov: it is necessary to block the Syrian-Turkish border to stop illegal oil business
“The Americans have an understanding that this needs to be done, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. – There is an understanding that the Kurds in this matter, as in the fight against ISIL are allies, including allies of the United States, many European Sao, which help the Kurdish militia to ensure their readiness in responding to terrorists”.
“But, of course, closing the border is one of those things that can be done only in the compound and combining the efforts of all who work on the ground, and cover well from the air, – said Lavrov. – So exactly which form this will take is hard to say, but the fact that this problem has been recognized as one of the Central – it’s a fact”.
According to the Russian Minister, Kerry said that the U.S. study data report of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation in Turkey.
“Kerry said that the data they study until you are confident that the data is correct, but, in my opinion, the quality of the submitted documents, photos and videosnow speaks for itself, – said the Minister. – Give some time to our partners to carefully study what was submitted by the Ministry of defence”.
The specific form of action for the closure of the Northern Syrian border has not been determined, said Lavrov.
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).