Russia urges active UN investigation into oil purchases from terrorists

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the United Nations Secretariat is not too active in investigating facts of oil purchases from terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

“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 made the remarks on Wednesday, Itar-Tass reported.

“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 added.

“We will be waiting for a report by the UN secretary general with facts and proposals of specific measures that might be taken to stop that trade,” he continued.

“I hope this opinion laid down in the UN Security Council document will be heard in the European Union, because not long ago the EU suspended its embargo on oil purchases from Libya. Libya also has an oil producing area controlled by terrorist groups,” Russia’s top diplomat further said.

By Fars News Agency


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