US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to participate in the management of oil fields in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor instead of the Kurdish-led forces now controlling the fields.
“I was shown to Mr. Putin that if he provided economic support, we can make the structure and through the oil extracted here, we can help the destroyed Syria stand on its feet,” Erdogan told reporters on his plane while returning from Brussels, where he had talks.
Erdogan said Putin was studying the offer, which the Turkish president made during talks in Moscow last week, adding that he could make a similar offer to US President Donald Trump.
“Instead of the terrorists who benefit here, we will have the opportunity to rebuild Syria from the revenues of this (oil),” Erdogan said. This would also show who is seeking to protect the unity of Syria and who is seeking to seize it. ”
Deir ez-Zor province is located to the south of a 30-kilometer border area that Turkish forces seized in October after the withdrawal of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which Turkey says is a terrorist organization that threatens its security. The US-backed People’s Protection Units control most of the oilfield areas in eastern Syria.
Russia accuses Washington of trying to separate eastern Syria to establish a semi-state there.
Last year, the US President withdrew some American forces from Syria, saying that the remaining American forces there would protect oil fields in eastern Syria.
Trump said in October that the United States “should be able to take some (oil),” adding, “What I intend to do may be a deal with Exxon Mobil or one of our largest companies to go there and do it appropriately.”
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