Moscow, Tehran and Ankara called the seizure of Syrian oil unacceptable

Russia, Iran and Turkey do not accept the illegal seizure and transfer of revenues from the sale of oil, belonging to Syria. This is stated in a joint statement of Russia, Iran and Turkey at the end of the 16th international meeting on Syria in the Astana format.

“Reiterated their rejection of the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues, which should belong to the Syrian Arab Republic,” the statement said. The parties believe that achieving long-term stability in the northeast of the country is possible only on the basis of preserving the sovereignty and integrity of the republic.

Russia, Iran and Turkey also rejected attempts to create new realities in Syria, among them illegal offers of territorial administration, under the pretext of fighting terrorists.

“Reaffirmed their determination to oppose separatist plans in Zayefrateria aimed at undermining the unity of Syria and threatening the national security of neighboring countries,” the statement said.

The states expressed concern over the intensification of hostilities that are targeting civilians.

In February, following the 15th international meeting on Syria in the Astana format, Russia, Turkey and Iran reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. The sides agreed to continue cooperation for the final elimination of the Islamic State (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), Jabhat al-Nusra (also recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia) and other terrorist groups.