Vladimir Putin Exposed 40 Countries Financed ISIS
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has recently shared intelligence to the other G20 member states, revealing the 40 countries that financed most of the terrorist activities of ISIS. The report is said to include some of the G20 members.
Putin discussed about how important it is to stop the flow of money to ISIS. Meanwhile, he also emphasized the need to stop the illegal oil trade made by ISIS.
“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” Putin said. “The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon.”
According to several US officials and the Iraqi intelligence, ISIS makes approximately $50 million per month from selling crude oil from the captured oilfields in Syria and Iraq.
While last year’s G20 summit was all about the downing of MH17 which added to the tension between Russia and the West; this year’s Antalya summit was all about UNITY after Paris has been terrorized by ISIS.
“A number of Western powers now want to fight with Russia against ISIS, ignoring everything else about Russia’s policies,” wrote Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “That Russia has escalated its military aggression in Ukraine in the last weeks apparently does not matter much to the West.”
On the other hand, during the APEC summit held in Manila, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, “The terror attacks that Russia and France have just faced affected the world. The terrorism expansion is indeed a global challenge. And it requires a united response.”
With that remark, opponents of Putin says that this is a cause for an alarm. Russo-Western alliance in Syria would be disastrous according to Garry Kasparov; the author of the Book Winter is Coming. “President Obama and other Western leaders desperate to resolve conflict in Syria should keep in mind that the enemy of your enemy can also be your enemy,” Kasparov wrote in his article in the Wall Street Journal.
Other critics say that if the alliance between the West and Russia is created, it will be no more than “situational military alliance”. The West still has to decide whether or not to form an alliance with a lesser evil or defeat an even bigger one.
Although Russia has claimed for weeks now that their attacks are aimed at other terrorists and ISIS, the US has said that their strikes were merely aimed at rebels that oppose Kremlin ally President Bashar al-Assad. But soon after the downing of the Russian passenger plane, Russia’s strikes now seem to be aiming at actual terror targets.
After the Russian strikes were confirmed to be directed at ISIS, Peter Cook, spokesman of the Pentagon said, “We’d like to see what the Russians do next … and their intentions going forward.”
He noted that there is no greater cooperation from the Pentagon unless the Russians will stop supporting Assad.