Russia urges closing Turkey-Syria border to bar extremists
April 15, Moscow: Russia has called for the closing of the Turkey-Syrian border to prevent the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front extremist groups from receiving foreign fighters and weapons into Syria. It also called for the closing of of exporting oil, artifacts and other goods.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told a Security Council meeting on "countering terrorism" that members should also think about imposing a complete trade and economic embargo against the Islamic State group.
Churkin said in a recent letter to the council that Turkey is the main supplier of weapons and ammunition to IS fighters and that $1.9 million worth of explosives and industrial chemicals were smuggled across Turkey's border to extremist groups. Turkey's U.N. Mission rejected the allegations as "baseless."
Churkin accused Turkey on Thursday of "complacency or inaction" in allowing fighters and weapons to cross into Syria and the bulk of IS oil to be exported along with cultural artifacts, The Associated Press reported.
The Oslo Times