Lavrov urges active UN investigation into oil purchases from terrorists

Moscow is concerned with illegal oil purchases from terrorists in Iraq and Syria

The United Nations Secretariat is not too active in investigating facts of oil purchases from terrorist organizations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem on Wednesday.

“We receive information, first of all from Western and regional media, on oil being shipped from terrorists-controlled regions of Syria and Iraq. Unlike some of our partners, we will keep fighting terrorism on the firm basis of international law,” Lavrov said.

“That’s why we submitted, back in July, a proposal to the UN Security Council to take the problem under control, establish facts and outline solutions on that basis,” he said.

“Unfortunately, for the time being, the UN Secretariat is not too active in establishing facts, so a few days ago, in a regular document adopted by the UN Security Council, we raised the issue again and formulated it in a wording, supported by Security Council members, which calls to put an end to purchases of oil from those territories,” Lavrov said.

First published by TASS

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