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French Senate summons Turkish and Russian envoys over ISIL oil trade.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Foreign Relations Committee of the French Senate summoned the Turkish and Russian ambassadors in Paris on Thursday to ask their views on the alleged illegal oil trade with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"I can guarantee that Turkey is not involved in the oil trade with ISIL," Turkish Ambassador to France Hakky Akil told the committee's president, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who said that according to information acquired by the Senate, it is clear that trucks loaded with ISIL oil regularly go to Turkey, according to the Doy-an news agency.

Akil said that Russia had manipulated the information about ISIL oil and said that he would leave Paris if the French government can produce any evidence that shows that ISIL oil has been delivered to Turkey with the support of the Turkish government. "According to US intelligence reports, Kurdish groups are involved in small-scale oil smuggling to Turkey. The same reports shows that ISIL oil is bought by the Syrian government through a Syrian citizen of Russian origin via Cyrus," the Turkish ambassador added.

Following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the Syrian border on Nov. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Nov. 30 that Russia had obtained information showing that ISIL oil is exported via Turkey and that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an and his family were benefiting from the illegal smuggling.

Russian Ambassador to France Aleksandr Orlov told the committee that Russia had been stabbed in the back by Turkey when the Russian jet was downed. "Turkey's downing of a Russian plane was motivated by a desire to defend the oil supply," he added.

In retaliation for the downing, Russia has imposed trade sanctions on Turkey and has released data it claims proves Erdoy-an's family is involved in illegal oil deals with ISIL.

[Cihan/Today's Zaman] CyHAN

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Date:Dec 17, 2015
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