The Pentagon has no evidence linking Turkey to buy oil from the terrorist group «Islamic state» in Syria and rejects the accusations against the Turkish authorities about his involvement in this business.
«We reject the assumption that the Turkish government is in cahoots with ISIS to smuggle oil. We have not seen any evidence to support such charges,» said RIA «Novosti» on Wednesday, 2 December, the representative of the press service of the Pentagon Elissa Smith.
«We consider our NATO ally Turkey as a key partner in the coalition against IG. As is the case with all our other partners, and as noted by the President (the U.S. – ed.) yesterday in Paris, we continue to discuss with Turkey, what else can they do within the coalition, and how we can better cooperate to secure the victory over the IG,» said Smith.
Earlier in the day it was reported that the Russian defense Ministry officially accused the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Taiba of involvement in buying oil from the terrorist organization «Islamic state». The corresponding statement was made at a briefing by the Deputy Minister of defense of Russia Anatoly Antonov, whose speech was published on the official website of the Department.
The defense Ministry provided satellite images, which, according to the Russian military shown columns of trucks coming from ISIS-controlled areas to Turkey.