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Son of Turkey’s president involved in oil trade with Daesh, Moscow says

Bilal Erdogan, son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Kremlin spokesman says Moscow has information that the son of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has interest in oil business with the militants in Syria.

There is intelligence, Peskov said Saturday, proving that Erdogan’s son has an interest in the oil trade with the militants.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously accused Turkey of buying oil from the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, saying satellite images show long lines of trucks purportedly carrying oil from Daesh-controlled areas in northeast Syria into Turkey. Erdogan on Thursday denied the accusations.

“I proceed from the statements of our president (Putin). Indeed, certain information exists, I don’t know how detailed it is, but certain interest exists,” Peskov said, without providing further details.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov (AFP photo)

The comments by Peskov came during an interview with Rossiya 1 television channel.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi had said that Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border was in response to Russia’s airstrikes that hit oil tankers en route from Syria to Turkey.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi (AFP photo)

Moscow has been engaged in an air campaign since September 30 against Daesh and other militant groups in Syria.

On November 24, the Turkish military shot down a Su-24M fighter jet, which Turkish officials accused of violating the Turkish airspace.

The downing of the Russian aircraft has strained relations between Moscow and Ankara.

President Putin said right after the incident that the attack was a “stab in the back by accomplices of terrorists.”

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