Putin Says Russia Has ‘More Proof’ ISIS Sending Oil Through Turkey

November 30, 2015 3:25 pm Last Updated: November 30, 2015 6:20 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it has received new intelligence that oil from areas controlled by ISIS is being moved through Turkey on a widespread scale.

Putin said that the Su-24 that was downed by Turkish jets on Nov. 24 in an attempt to secure ISIS oil deliveries into the country. The Russian president delivered his comments at the Paris climate change summit on Nov. 30.

“At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale,” he said, according to state-funded RT.

“We have every reason to believe that the decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers,” Putin added.

Turkish army tanks are stationed at a train station after their arrival from western Turkey, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. The tanks are expected to be deployed to the border with Syria. (DHA agency via AP)  TURKEY OUT
Turkish army tanks are stationed at a train station after their arrival from western Turkey, in Gaziantep, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. The tanks are expected to be deployed to the border with Syria. (DHA agency via AP)

Turkish President Recep Erdogan rejects Russia’s accusations, saying he’ll resign from office if there’s proof that Turkey is cooperating with ISIS.

“We are not that dishonest as to buy oil from terrorists. If it is proven that we have, in fact, done so, I will leave office. If there is any evidence, let them present it, we’ll consider [it],” he said, according to Russian TASS news agency.

U.S. ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, said American data “corroborates Turkey’s version of events” when the plane was shot down. “The airplane was in Turkey, it was engaged in Turkey, it had been warned repeatedly,” Lute said. “There was no flight plan issued for a violation of NATO airspace.”

Russia-Turkey relations has declined tremendously since Turkey shot down a Russian plane over claims that it violated Turkish airspace despite several warnings. Russia said the plane was shot down inside of Syrian airspace, where Moscow has been carrying out airstrikes on militants inside the country.

“As for the downed Russian jet, of course I raised that theme at all the bilateral meetings which I had. I gave relevant explanations about what had happened,” Putin was quoted by TASS as saying.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of local administrators at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military's repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria. Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. Erdogan said Turkey had not specifically targeted Russia when it shot down the plane.(AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool )
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of local administrators at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Even though the two leaders were at the Paris talks, they didn’t meet with one another. Putin refused to speak with Erdogan, but he spoke with President Barack Obama

“No meeting with Erdogan is planned. There is no discussion of such a meeting,” the Kremlin spokesman told journalists, as quoted by the Telegraph