The Russian General staff gave France data on the transfer of Turkey to the militants in Syria

The Russian General staff gave France data on the transfer of Turkey to the militants in Syria

MOSCOW, December 24. The head of the Russian General staff Valery Gerasimov presented the French counterpart Pierre de Wille data on the transfer of the Turkish side of the insurgents in the Northern parts of Syria, reported the press service of the defense Ministry.

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“General of the army Gerasimov presented information on the ongoing plundering of natural resources of Syria, the funds from the sale of which are used to Finance the ISIL (the former name is forbidden in Russia grouping “Islamic state” – approx.), and the role of Turkey in this process. Data was presented about facts transfer Turkish side of the insurgents in the Northern parts of Syria to swell the ranks of terrorists”, – said the Agency.

In early December a high-ranking defense Ministry officials accused the top military leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of involvement in illegal mining and transportation of Syrian and Iraqi oil.

Assessment of the military departments, the volume of illegal trade – one of the key sources of financing of the “Islamic state” – reach 200 thousand barrels per day. In addition, the Russian military accused Turkey of supporting terrorists in human beings, arms and ammunition, promising to present evidence at a later date.

The exchange of operational information

Gerasimov also discussed with the chief of staff of the armed forces of France, the establishment of a working group of military experts of the General staffs to combat international terrorism.

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“We agreed to establish the exchange of operational information for coordination for more effective defeat of the command posts, military equipment, warehouses, supply routes, militants and other infrastructure ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state” – approx.) in Syria”, – is spoken in the message of the Ministry of defense.

“During the meeting the sides had a detailed exchange of views on the situation in Syria, prospects of intensifying cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, including through the creation of a working group of military experts of the General staffs, – said the press service of the defense Ministry.

“Following the meeting confirmed the common understanding that both Russia and France seek to preserve Syria as a unified, secular, multi-religious state”, – informed the press service of the defense Ministry. Gerasimov and de Wille “agreed to continue bilateral contacts”.

On the eve of de Wille at the meeting with Gerasimov stated that Russia and France time to join efforts in the fight against “Islamic state” and “jabhat al-EN-Nusra” (both a terrorist organization banned in Russia). “We have a common goal,” said French General.

Russia from September 30 to carry out the operation against terrorists in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, strikes on militants also applied to the military of France. In November, President Vladimir Putin announced the agreement with his French counterpart Francois Hollande on the exchange of data on terrorists. He also ordered the Russian military to establish direct contact and interaction with French colleagues.


The radical Islamist group “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (“Front of victory”), associated with a terrorist network “al-Qaeda” was created in 2011 on the territory of Syria. Our key objectives “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” named the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad with the subsequent establishment of an Islamic Emirate in Syria. On December 29, the Supreme court recognized “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” a terrorist organization and banned its activities in Russia.

“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).