Erdogan denies Russian charges of buying oil from ISIS

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ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied Thursday that Turkey bought any oil from the Islamic State group ISIS , insisting his country’s fight against the jihadists was “undisputed”. “Shame on you. Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh (IS) are obliged to prove it. If not, you are a slanderer,” Erdogan said, lashing out at Russian charges after the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border. Tuesday’s incident prompted a tough response from Moscow, a major trade partner and Turkey’s largest energy supplier. But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara did not need to apologise “on an occasion that we are right,” adding that he had already said “sorry” in a phone call with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced the act as a “stab in the back” by “accomplices of terrorists.” But Erdogan denied Ankara was collaborating with IS. “Our country’s stance against Daesh has been clear since the very beginning,” Erdogan said in a speech to local officials at his presidential palace in the Turkish capital. Eradogan said to putin in his address that ““You say you are fighting Daesh. Excuse me, but you are not fighting Daesh. You are killing our Turkmen kinsmen hand-in-hand with the regime in order to clear areas north of Latakia,” he said “There is no question mark here. Nobody has the right to dispute our country’s fight against Daesh or to incriminate us. Source: Israel News

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