Vitaly Churkin: Turkey Main Source of Weapons and Aid for ISIS

1 April، 2016
New York, SANA

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin asserted that Turkey is the main source of weapons and military equipment for ISIS terrorists.

In a letter distributed at the UN Security Council on Friday, Churkin said that Turkish intelligence are supplying ISIS in Syria with weapons and military equipment, citing data about such activity which took place on November 2015 and January 2016.

According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow presented the Security Council with evidence containing figures about Turkey’s illegal supplying of weapons and military equipment to ISIS in Syria, with Turkey employing NGOs to transport weapons an via humanitarian aid convoys under the supervision of Turkish intelligence.

He pointed out that ISIS has received explosives valued at USD 1.9 million in 2015 alone, elaborating further by stating that ISIS received from Turkey 2,500 tons of ammonium nitrates valued at USD 788,700, 456 tons of potassium nitrates valued at 468,700, 75 tons of aluminum powder valued at 496,500, sodium nitrates valued at 19,400, glycerin valued at 102,500, and nitric acid valued at 34,000.

Hazem Sabbagh

Former Turkish defense minister: AKP made a grave mistake in its policy towards Syria
1 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Solving the crisis in Syria could be achieved by closing border to prevent terrorists from flowing into the country, supporting Syria’s government to eliminate terrorist who came to Syria from different countries and holding legislative elections, former Turkish Defense Minister Barlas Doglu has said.

Doglu told the Syrian TV in an interview aired Friday that “the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) made a grave mistake in its policy towards Syria, by opening its borders for terrorists and supporting them by accommodation
and weapons, and to correct these mistakes Turkey has to support central governments to enable them eliminate terrorism which started to be reversed to Turkey itself.”

Doglu affirmed that Turkey has no other choice but to correct its policies which left Turkey to dump into the swamp and its repercussions which we saw in Istanbul and Ankara terrorist bombings.

AKP is a tool for implementing Western policies in the Middle East, Doglu added, saying.. We, as the people of the region, have to stand side by side against our governments which work for the West, and this is when hundreds of thousands of Turkish people were taken to streets all over Turkey against the policies of AKP and in rejection of making Turkey as a tool in the hands of the West.