Russia: Oil Fields in Eastern Syria Must Be Under the Control of its Government

2019-10-28
Moscow-Sana

Russian President’s special envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev has confirmed that the oil fields in eastern Syria should be under the control of the Syrian government.

“Without a doubt, these fields must be under the control of the Syrian government and we believe it is the only solution,” Laverneyev was quoted as telling reporters.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed yesterday that the U.S. occupation forces in Syria are carrying out robberies and looting of oil at the state level, which is contrary to the norms of international law, noting that “what Washington is doing now is seizing the oil fields in eastern Syria and extending its military control over it. That is simply robbery and looting at the state level.”

The ministry stressed that “all the underground wealth in Syrian territory belongs to the Syrian Arab Republic and not to the terrorists of ISIS or to the “American protectors”.

US keeps its military presence in Syria to rob Syrian people

UNITED NATIONS, October 27. /TASS/. The United States’ military presence in Syria is geared to continue to rob the Syrian people, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said on Sunday.

“To protect Syrian oil fields from Syrian people. And to continue to rob them in the meantime. That would be the right media coverage of what is happening,” he wrote on his twitter account commenting on the reports that the US was sending fresh forces to protect oil field in northeastern Syria from Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) militants.

“US foreign policy in this regard is consistent for many decades!,” he noted.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on October 13 that his country was beginning the withdrawal of 1,000 servicemen from northern Syria amid Turkey’s offensive. On the following day, US President Donald Trump said the US troops leaving Syria would be redeployed to remain in the region “to monitor the situation and prevent a repeat of 2014, when the neglected threat of ISIS [Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in Russia] raged across Syria and Iraq.”

On October 16, withdrawing US troops destroyed their military base near the city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) some 150 kilometers of Aleppo and left the cities of Raqqa and Tabqa in northeastern Syria.

Pentagon said on Thursday the US was sending additional forces to northeastern Syria to protect oil fields from Islamic State militants after President Donald Trump pledged the US would not let militants regain control over oil fields that were to stay under its own control.

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday the United States was indulging in smuggling Syrian oil to other countries. He said the convoys were guarded by US private military companies and special operations forces and oil extraction equipment had been supplied to the site by leading Western corporations in bypassing of all US sanctions.

According to Konashenkov, the contract for transporting oil was executed by the US-controlled company Sadcub set up under the so-called autonomous administration of eastern Syria. Under the ministry’s estimates, the cost of one barrel of oil smuggled from Syria is $38, so monthly revenues of such “private business” exceeds $30 mln.