Defense Ministry of Russia has accused American troops massive theft of oil from Syria. The oil is being pumped, bottled and shipped out of the country, said Major General Igor Konashenkov on Saturday, according to a statement released in Moscow by the Ministry of Defense.
The agency published satellite photos proving smuggling of Syrian state property. Russia has long been calling for the complete withdrawal of American troops from Syria.
Ministry of Defense in Moscow officially opposed the presentation of Washington, according to which the US troops would protect the oil wells from Islamist terrorists or other destabilizing actors.
Russia has long been calling for the complete withdrawal of American troops from Syria
The Pentagon had announced it would send additional troops to protect the oil fields in eastern Syria. According to US media reports, Washington also counts the Syrian government among the destabilizing actors.
Ministry spokesman Konashenkov accused the United States of state banditry. It is not compatible with the United States law or international standards to withhold the resources of the Syrian people.
The images of the Russian space reconnaissance would prove how the oil under auspicious surveillance of American soldiers in road tankers will be taken abroad. In addition, private military companies are in use. The General also pointed out that oil production bypassed the sanctions imposed by the United States on Syria itself.
According to calculations of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the US structures with the illegal trade make a profit of about US $30 million each month. Konashenkov said that the Pentagon will probably exploit the fields forever in such a profitable business, without the taxes and in non state control.
“US structures with the illegal oil trade make a profit of about US $30 million each month” – Russian Defense Ministry
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the additional military forces in the oil fields in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zur should prevent the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia from regaining access to oil revenues. However, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow warned that none of the oil wells belonged to “the terrorists of the Islamic State and even less the American defenders of the terrorists of the Islamic State”, but only the Syrian Arab Republic.
With support from the US armed forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) conquered Al-Omar and other oil fields in eastern Syria in October 2017. The Kurdish-Arab Alliance also controls several smaller oil and gas fields in northeastern Syria. Part of the oil from these sources was sold by the administration of the Kurdish autonomous region to Iraq and the Syrian government to finance its employees and soldiers.
According to media reports, in February 2018, hundreds of Russian mercenaries and Syrian militiamen were killed in an attempt to capture US-controlled Conoco oil field. Russia never officially commented on the incident.