Nov 07, 20:51
Pentagon named recipient of oil revenues from Syria
The US military claims that the money does not go to the US, but to the Syrian Kurds. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense stated the opposite
Photo: Hussein Malla / AP
US Department of Defense spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said oil revenues from fields in northeastern Syria are not received by the United States themselves, but by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. At the same time, he noted that the remaining US troops in the country will protect the deposits from any forces that will threaten them, according to Reuters.
Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that military personnel who left areas in northern Syria after the start of the Turkish military operation against the Kurds will remain in the country and will protect oil facilities from possible attacks by militants of the Islamic State (a banned terrorist organization in Russia) .
US President Donald Trump said on November 2 that he was not interested in patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border. “Let others do this. I like oil. We need to maintain control over oil, ”the head of state said.
Later, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported that the Americans began building new military bases near oil fields in the province of Deir ez-Zor. About 300 troops, armored vehicles and heavy weapons were deployed there. In the Russian Foreign Ministry, the presence of Americans in this area was called contrary to international law and unacceptable.
Last week, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the United States of smuggling oil from northeastern Syria. According to her, under the pretext of combating terrorists, Americans smuggle oil worth more than $ 30 million per month from the country.
A similar statement was made earlier by the Russian Ministry of Defense. They said that the proceeds from the sale of Syrian oil go to the accounts of US intelligence agencies and private military companies.
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