By Russia Today

The US must stop “stealing” oil from the Syrian people, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday, after meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts in Tehran.

The three guarantors of the Astana Process also agreed that the US should leave illegally held land in the trans-Euphrates region, and cease making the humanitarian crisis in Syria worse with unilateral sanctions.

“[The US has to] stop robbing the Syrian state, the Syrian people, exporting oil illegally,” Putin told reporters on Tuesday evening. He said this is the “common position” of Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

Several hundred US troops are illegally present in Syria, mainly controlling the oil wells and wheat fields in the country’s northeast, controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia since the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The US-backed SDF has refused to reintegrate with the government in Damascus, which Washington wishes to see overthrown.

Since 2019, the US has sought to punish anyone trying to assist the reconstruction of war-torn Syria via the ‘Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act’, accusing the government of President Bashar Assad of war crimes and blocking all assistance to Damascus.

Putin said on Tuesday that such sanctions have had “disastrous results” and that humanitarian aid to Syria “should not be politicized.”

During Tuesday’s summit in Tehran, Putin met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a joint declaration, the three presidents confirmed their conviction that “there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict,” only a political solution under the leadership of the UN. They also condemned the “unilateral sanctions violating international law,” which are exacerbating the humanitarian situation in Syria, urging the UN and other international organizations to “increase assistance to all Syrians, without discrimination, politicization and preconditions.”

Russia sent an expeditionary force to Syria in September 2015 at the request of Damascus, to help defeat IS and other terrorist groups. In January 2017, Moscow, Ankara, and Tehran launched the Astana Process – named after the capital of Kazakhstan – to resolve the conflict in Syria, which began in 2011.


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  1. This was started under Trump. It is not one administration or the other. Remember, Trump basically said something like “We love oil”. At least Trump admitted it. The US has prevented other terrorists from selling the oil but they themselves are selling it at a profit. Russia came in prior to this and bombed the oil truck caravans by the terrorists who were selling the oil. They could have taken over the oil caravans and sold it themselves but they did not. They took the high road.

    Syria really need this $$ for reconstruction due to huge infrastructure needs from the war. This does not look good for the United States and there is no justification whatsoever that I know of. The US should either make a statement as to why they are selling the oil or quietly turn it back over to Syria.

  2. I find it interesting that today, one must resort to news services in other countries outside the traditional west, to find the bottom of the truth. Interestingly, those include Russia, Syria, Lebanon, parts of Africa and sometimes even Afghanistan. In one instance, even the Taliban made sense.

    It is interesting how a pretext for greed has become the motive behind all the silencing of the truth. This indeed goes against all sound governance and exposes why the US cannot keep its nose clean by taking care of its veteran and homeless population, but must support theft of another’s resources.

    Also it is interesting that for the sake of developing an open, thinking mind to assess the truth, that the clandestine substitute be pushed to justify the means. Those who push such agenda’s show they are definitely not worthy of G-d’s presence, but reveal their nefariousness.

    • I don’t know why either, but if there is any truth to it, Putin just threw a 100 mph curve-ball.

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