Russia has information about Daesh attempting to invest in projects in Western Europe via Middle Eastern banks, according to Dmitry Feoktistov, director of the Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
According to Feoktistov, information on the issue has been shared with the United States.
“In order to provide evidence to the allegations, we shared with Americans the names of the banks involved in investing money in two countries in Western Europe,” he told journalists as a result of a meeting with a US delegation under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) framework.
The intergovernmental organization was established to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.
Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in Marchmarin town, southern countryside of Idlib, Syria December 16, 2015. The refinery site, owned by Yousef Ayoub, 34, has been active for 4 months. Ayoub says that he gets the crude oil from Islamic State-controlled areas in Deir al-Zor province and Iraq. The price for a barrel of crude oil varies and is controlled by the Islamic State, but it is currently at $44 dollars per barrel, he said.
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The diplomat did not name the countries but noticed that Washington “began working on the information and expressed appreciation.”
According to Feoktistov, earlier there were already reports on Daesh’s attempts to invest in real estate in New York City and Turkey.
Furthermore, the diplomat noted that the counterterrorism operation in Syria and Iraq, including attacks on energy infrastructure facilities, has resulted in a significant decrease in Daesh oil and natural gas incomes. In the last couple of years, their monthly energy incomes dropped from $50 million to $12-20 million.
He also said that since the beginning of the operation the US-led coalition has destroyed nearly 2,000 Daesh tanker trucks. At the same time, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed in Syria some 4,000 tanker trucks, 206 oil and gas production facilities, 176 refining facilities and 112 oil transportation facilities.
The situation is resulting in Daesh’s attempts to find new sources of income, including public extortions, ransoms and cultural artifacts traffic.
Feoktistov also said that Daesh has made attempts to take control over drug smuggling traffic coming from Afghanistan. There are reports that the terrorist group is engaged in controlling migrant smuggling to Europe. The terrorists have also attempted to invest in pharmaceuticals, the medical industry and construction. Daesh also sells wheat and rye in the grain market.