Russia seeks UN condemnation of Syrian oil sale by terrorist groups

July 1, 2014

Russia is asking the UN Security Council to condemn the sale of Syrian oil by terrorists and to take "necessary measures" to prevent it. A draft presidential statement distributed to council members and obtained by AP expresses "grave concern" at the seizure of oilfields in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra.

Draft presidential statement says that export or import of crude oil without authorization of a sovereign state is illegal.

Presidential statements are a step to resolutions and must be approved by all council members. Diplomats said council experts would possibly meet Tuesday to discuss the draft.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that as terrorist groups advance, there is a real chance of a terrorist state springing up from Syria's second-largest city Aleppo to Iraq's capital Baghdad.

Copyright, Voice of Russia, 2014.