An informed source on Thursday categorically rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claims that he has warned his Iranian counterpart to avoid repeating or supporting the Russian accusations about Turkey’s oil trade with the ISIL terrorist group.
Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s accusations about Turkey’s oil trade with the ISIL, the Turkish president claimed that he has held talks with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, cautioning him to avoid repeating or throwing his weight behind the Russian accusations about Turkey’s close ties and purchase of Iraq’s and Syria’s stolen crude from the ISIL that has also involved members of his family, including his son and son-in-law.
“I have spoken to the Iranian president and warned them against partnering in Russia’s wrong accusations against Turkey,” Erdogan claimed, and continued, “It was from then on that such allegations were removed from the literature used by Iranian officials and certain news outlets (in Iran).”
In response, sources in the Iranian government on Thursday evening strongly denied Erdogan’s claim as “baseless” and “untrue”, and told FNA that “this claim is untrue and such issues have never been raised in any of the meetings or phone talks between Erdogan and Rouhani.”
Iran had long been complaining about ISIL’s oil deals with Turkey months before the Russian president raised the issue.
The Russian president in recent remarks accused Turkey of purchasing Iraq and Syria’s stolen crude from ISIL.
The Russian defense ministry announced on Wednesday that Erdogan and his family members are directly involved in illegal oil deliveries from ISIL oil fields in Syria.
Turkey’s leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in illegal oil trade with ISIL militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said, stressing that Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq.
In response, President Erdogan dramatically vowed to leave office if any proof is provided that Ankara has been buying oil from the terrorist group Daesh (ISIL).
Hours later, the Russian defense ministry presented the first batch of hard evidence to show Turkey’s involvement in the ISIL crude scandal. The Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing on new findings concerning ISIL funding in Moscow on Wednesday.
At the briefing the ministry presented photos of oil trucks, videos of airstrikes on ISIL oil storage facilities and maps detailing the movement of smuggled oil. More evidence is to be published on the ministry’s website in the coming says, Rudskoy said.
“Today, we are presenting only some of the facts that confirm that a whole team of bandits and Turkish elites stealing oil from their neighbors is operating in the region,” Antonov said, adding that this oil “in large quantities” enters the territory of Turkey via “live oil pipelines,” consisting of thousands of oil trucks.
Antonov added that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled oil coming from Iraq and Syria.
“According to our data, the top political leadership of the country – President Erdogan and his family – is involved in this criminal business.”
The Turkish president’s son, Bilal Erdogan, also has extensive ties and runs transactions with ISIL barbars. Bilal owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.
Senior Member of Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP) Aran Erdam disclosed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his relatives have purchased oil from the ISIL terrorist group.
“The evidence shows that the trucks that were bombed by the Russian planes last month were carrying oil cargos destined for Turkey via Iraq from Northern Syria,” Erdam said.
He noted that over 120 oil tankers that were destroyed in the Russian airstrikes belonged to the Turkish Bayrak Company owned by Erdogan’s son-in-law who is also Turkey’s energy minister, Berat Al-Bayrak.
He noted that Bayrak Company has 500 oil tankers.
Turkish Energy Expert Necdet Pamir said that Turkey’s official oil import has decreased by $1 million which itself is a proof to Erdogan government’s clandestine deal with the ISIL.
Pamir said that the deal between Turkey and the ISIL dates back to summer 2012 when the Takfiri terrorists took control of the city of Raqqa.
A former Turkish deputy foreign minister also confirmed Erdogan government’s purchase of oil from Turkey.
“Turkish borders are open to the ISIL and other terrorists to commute between Syria and Turkey,” Farouq Loqoqlou said.
Meantime, a discontented nurse working clandestinely for a covert medical corps in Şanlıurfa—a city in Southeastern Turkey, close to the border with neighboring Syria — divulged information in July about the alleged role which Sümeyye Erdogan plays in providing extended medical care for ISIL wounded militants transferred to Turkish hospitals.
Turkey has never been shy of displaying its all-out support for militant groups in Syria, and now it seems that the war in Syria is largely indebted to the Erdogan family.
Turkey has allowed tens of thousands of militants to cross its borders with Syria in the last four years. The massive presence and trafficking of the terrorists along the two countries’ border roads has become the source of such ill fame for the region that they are now called as “Jihadi Superhighways” by the world.
According to the Russian Defense ministry’s data, over the past week up to 2,000 militants have traveled to Syria from Turkey.
“Up to 2,000 militants traveled from Turkey to Syria over the past week,” Chief of Russia’s National Center for State Defense Control Lt. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said on Wednesday.
“Just over the past week, up to 2,000 militants, over 120 tonnes of ammunition, and around 250 various vehicles were transported from Turkey to the ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups. According to our reliable intelligence information, such activities have been carried out for a long time and on a regular basis,” Mizintsev told reporters.