Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his readiness to resign if it is proven that Ankara purchased oil from the Daesh militant group.
On December 1, Erdogan said he was ready to quit if it were proven that Ankara was purchasing oil from Islamic State, which is outlawed in Russia and several other countries.
“I will not stay as the president should oil purchase by Turkey from ISIL is proved,” Erdogan said in a speech aired by the NTV channel on Monday.
According to the Turkish president, he would feel ashamed “to ancestors and descendants,” if Turkey bought crude oil from terrorists.
Russia has repeatedly stated that Turkey is the main procurer of illegal oil from Syria and Iraq, accusing Erdogan and his family of direct involvement in the terrorist group’s oil business.
The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled satellite images showing the Islamic State transporting up to 200,000 barrels of oil in at least 1,722 trucks to third-party countries, most notably Turkey.