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Serbia: Close Turkish-Syrian and block IS's energy trade - Lavrov02:46

Serbia: Close Turkish-Syrian and block IS's energy trade - Lavrov

Serbia, Belgrade
December 2, 2015 at 17:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world leaders to adopt the "obvious" measure of closing the Turkish-Syrian border, as he spoke alongside his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic in Belgrade, on Wednesday.

Lavrov said that Russia has repeatedly "mentioned in public that the oil produced at the territories occupied by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, go abroad, to Turkey in particular. And the evidence for this will be presented to the UN and to every interested party." Lavrov continued, saying that "a long investigation procedure should be implied, but something obvious for everyone must be done: block the Turkish-Syrian border." The Russian diplomat added that "the US, as the leader of the coalition formed by them, publicly urged Turkey to close the border. I think that the efforts made by Turkey alone will not be enough and it needs help so that the situation would be clear for everyone."

Dacic expressed concern that "those who claim to be fighting terrorism, do not act united." Dacic spoke of the downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 by the Turkish F-16 in Syria, saying that such incidents should be avoided.

Lavrov, while in Belgrade, will attend the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council meeting, scheduled to take place in the Serbian capital on December 3 and 4. US Secretary of State John Kerry will also take part in the gathering. The OSCE Ministerial Council (originally, Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs) has convened annually since 1973 and is the central governing body of the OSCE. Hosted by Dacic, the 2015 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the meeting will bring together the foreign ministers of 57 states, giving them the opportunity to discuss and assess the organisation's operations over the past year

Serbia: Close Turkish-Syrian and block IS's energy trade - Lavrov02:46
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world leaders to adopt the "obvious" measure of closing the Turkish-Syrian border, as he spoke alongside his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic in Belgrade, on Wednesday.

Lavrov said that Russia has repeatedly "mentioned in public that the oil produced at the territories occupied by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, go abroad, to Turkey in particular. And the evidence for this will be presented to the UN and to every interested party." Lavrov continued, saying that "a long investigation procedure should be implied, but something obvious for everyone must be done: block the Turkish-Syrian border." The Russian diplomat added that "the US, as the leader of the coalition formed by them, publicly urged Turkey to close the border. I think that the efforts made by Turkey alone will not be enough and it needs help so that the situation would be clear for everyone."

Dacic expressed concern that "those who claim to be fighting terrorism, do not act united." Dacic spoke of the downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 by the Turkish F-16 in Syria, saying that such incidents should be avoided.

Lavrov, while in Belgrade, will attend the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council meeting, scheduled to take place in the Serbian capital on December 3 and 4. US Secretary of State John Kerry will also take part in the gathering. The OSCE Ministerial Council (originally, Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs) has convened annually since 1973 and is the central governing body of the OSCE. Hosted by Dacic, the 2015 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the meeting will bring together the foreign ministers of 57 states, giving them the opportunity to discuss and assess the organisation's operations over the past year