Turkey’s Erdoğan exposes Russia’s involvement in Daesh oil

Syrian- Russian  businessman George Haswani. US Treasury imposed sanctions on Haswani, who was also placed on an European Union sanctions list, for serving as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from theIslamic State ( Daesh)
Syrian- Russian businessman George Haswani. US Treasury imposed sanctions on Haswani, who was also placed on an European Union sanctions list, for serving as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from theIslamic State ( Daesh)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said Turkey had proof that Russia was involved in illegal oil trade with the terrorist organization Daesh in Syria, countering Russian allegations that Ankara was importing oil from the terrorists.

The Russian defense ministry on Wednesday accused Erdoğan and his family of involvement in the illegal oil trade with Daesh after Ankara’s downing of one of Moscow’s warplanes last month which plunged the two countries’ relations into a crisis.

“In recent days a fashion led by Russia has emerged. Actually, Russia does not believe this either,” said Erdoğan, referring to the alleged oil trade with Daesh.

“Look, Russia has to prove that the Turkish republic buys oil from Daesh, otherwise this is a slander,” he said, while repeating that he would resign if Russia was able to prove their claim.

“Who buys oil from Daesh? Let me say it. George Haswani, holder of a Russian passport and a Syrian national, is one of the biggest merchants in this business,” Erdoğan said.

In November, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Haswani, who was also placed on an European Union sanctions list, for serving as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from the Daesh group.

Erdoğan said Thursday “a famous Russian chess player” was also involved in the oil business with Daesh, without giving a name. “He’s also in this race,” he said.

The new US sanctions also apply to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a wealthy Russian businessman and long-standing president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) who was formerly president of the southern Russian region of Kalmykia.

The United States on Wednesday rejected Russia’s claims of Turkey buying oil from Daesh, calling the allegations “preposterous,” “ridiculous” and “untrue.”

Josh Earnest, the assistant to the president and press secretary in the White House has also dismissed claims and blamed Assad for exploiting Daesh oil.

The Russian defense ministry officials showed the journalists yesterday what they said were satellite images depicting thousands of trucks carrying oil from IS-occupied areas in Syria and Iraq into Turkey. They did not, however, provide any evidence to back up the claims of personal involvement of Erdogan and his family in the illegal oil trade.

About George Haswani

According to a 2014 report by Lebanese NOW website George Haswani is a Greek Catholic businessman from the town of Yabroud, near the Syrian border with Lebanon. Haswani “was able to forge a relationship with the group that led to an understanding to transport crude from the fields it took over to ( Syrian ) regime areas, in return for financial and cash transfers, which he himself handled.”

Haswani’s name surfaced in late 2013/early 2014 in another mediatory role, namely the negotiation over the release of nuns then held by Jabhat al-Nusra in Yabroud. Reports at the time described Haswani as a businessman with “close ties to the Assad regime,” and “strong ties” to Assad personally.

The report adds that a Syrian rebel commander told NPR’s Deborah Amos in 2013 that Haswani “runs an oil and gas construction business with ties to Moscow.” In March, the Syrian pro-opposition website All4Syria provided more data on Haswani’s business and ties to Russia; information it said it obtained from someone who worked with him. Haswani was deputy general manager of the Banias refinery. He had studied in Russia, where he married his first wife. While in Russia, Haswani made contacts, “some of whom,” according to the website’s source, “had gone on to assume high-ranking positions in the Russian security establishment.” As a result, Haswani’s firm, HESCO Co., “secured contracts with Russian oil and gas firms, as well as in importing spare parts for Russian military vehicles and oil wells.” Haswani’s son-in-law, Yousef Arbash, runs his Moscow office. There, All4Syria’s report added, he works closely with Amjad Douba, nephew of former Military Intelligence chief Ali Douba, who has long been established in Moscow.

The report adds that HESCO is the subcontractor for Russian company Stroytransgaz. In an interview in June of 2013 , Arbash explained that HESCO has been “strategic partners” with the Russian firm, working on joint projects in Sudan, Algeria, the UAE and Iraq. Back then, HESCO had started working with Stroytransgaz to build a gas processing plant in Palmyra ( Syria) , which is supposed to have been completed in the second half of 2014. The Russian company also signed a deal with the Syrian regime in June of 2014 for the first phase of an irrigation project for northeast Syria. The deal, valued at SYP30 billion ($194 million), is for the construction of a main pumping station in the Ain Diwar area, near the Turkish and Iraqi borders, to draw water from the Tigris River. Haswani was present at the signing, and confirmed moving forward with the Russian company as its subcontractor “on vital projects in Syria despite difficulties in implementation.”

The report adds that All4Syria claimed that Haswani’s second marriage was to an Alawite woman from Lattakia “connected to the Assad family.” This could further explain his privileged status and closeness to the ruling family, as well as Assad’s confidence in him as a middleman.

With Daily Sabah/ NOW



21 responses to “Turkey’s Erdoğan exposes Russia’s involvement in Daesh oil”

  1. An epic death match between a toad and a viper. Let’s hope none of them survives in the end.

    1. Yes. And also on the bright side, is that they’re likely all telling the truth for the first time in 10000 years. Everybody is buying ISIS oil! And now everybody is tattling on each other! lol. Because they’re ALL hypocrites.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Like you..what else is new.

  2. MekensehParty Avatar

    Poor Christians of the ME…
    Divided between dealing with bloody dictators and dealing with Isis
    Let’s save them… Right?

    1. Reasonableman Avatar

      Wait till they find out the role of kahwaji inside baalbak watching over hezballahs ceptagon trade and why they needed to throw their partner in crime the saudi prince under the bus…

      1. Iranian bag-lickers or Saudi bag-lickers are the same thing. Both sectarian and violent religious nut cases. You appear to kiss Iranian azz-kisser so you will not understand that allah boys are much the same. The main thing that separates them is a name of their blood-cults.
        Go secular or die. To hell with Islam.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          No need to insult other people’s religions Rascal !

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (several reasons to avoid all of them altogether …)

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            They insult me by being…

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            If you mean like O :))…yes.

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar


          5. Below you insult Jews and Christians. You insert comments about Jews (and sometimes Israel) in every story, even when it has nothing to do with anything. And you say don’t insult people? You are insane.

          6. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “More than 1,000 Israeli forces enter Shuafat refugee camp to demolish Palestinian attacker’s home with explosives” old Moshe Dayan strategy, provoke terrorism to justify ethnnic cleansing and other wars.
            PS. Stop your comedy i am Christian, when i mention “Israel” it’s Zionist Netanyahu Israel.

          7. you said “kosher.” that has nothing to do with Zionism, Jew hater.
            could not care less what you claim to be. you are a Jew hater.
            PS- in 1967, Moshe Dayan helicoptered to Jordan border (at great personal risk) to stop a convoy of Hebron residents who wanted to leave the country as refugees. He promised that they would be treated well and there would now be peace.
            Yeah, that Moshe Dayan.

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Barry blabla propaganda encore…Zionists Revisionists were fascist atheists but they claim to be kosher?

            Moshe Dayan wanted to get rid of more refugees thet the 1967 war created.
            Yeah, that Moshe Dayan.

            “Most Israelis knew little of the refugees’ plight. Some saw them after the
            occupation of the Gaza Strip in the Sinai Campaign, but in the following decade there
            was little talk of the problem. When Israel entered the territories in the Six-Day War,
            many people were stunned at what they found, and realized that a solution had to be
            reached quickly.

            “We have a moral obligation,” wrote Amos Elon in Ha’Aretz a week after the war, “because the road to Israel’s independence was paved on the backs of these people, and they paid, with their bodies, their property, and their future, for the pogroms in the Ukraine and the Nazi gas chambers.”

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Perhaps unlike ISIS, he realized there was still a need for some alive people willing to work their asses off for ‘a state’. I contend that if ALL the people who NEVER want to be in wars or slaving for subsistence wages or starving to death simply walked away from the various Megalomaniacs EVERY time, we’d all be much happier. Maybe even have a godly thought on occasion.
            Of course, it takes some education to recognize the power-trippers for what they are.

        2. Reasonableman Avatar


          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Correct, Reasonable … no 2 humans are the same.
            And in recognition of that, if there’s a need to function in even a very small society, then all must follow some rules of ‘sameness’ – at least when in it. The ‘hunter-gatherer’ doing his own thing all day, and returning to feed his small family at night, reduced the day’s personal freedoms to be able to sleep soundly with the home-gang – in a spirit of community.
            The ‘rules’ he was bound by in the society expanded with the population.
            This did not remove the individuality … although the confusion we find is when the individual is lost in the society which demands that all be ‘the same’ – which many are able to submit their individualty to for the sake of a sound sleep – but which will also cause many to suffer for, as being an individual is a more natural state.
            In a society, we could assume that running red lights all the time is rather pushing the individualty a bit too far … but there’s a few who want to. When a bunch begin to do it, the only hope is that they all meet at an intersection at the same time, and keep everyone else out of it.

        3. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          You come to an Arab site to insult. Stay in America.

        4. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Israeli bag-lickers or Zionist Evangelicals Christians Rascals are the same thing. Both sectarian and violent religious nut cases destroying the Middle East.

  3. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    “In the West, no one has asked questions about the fact that the Turkish president’s son heads one of the biggest energy companies, or that his son has been appointed energy minister,”
    Antonov said. What a marvellous family business!


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