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MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. The actions taken by EU's officials to plug the channels, along which finances are pumped to terrorists in Syria, are insufficient and more attention should be given to the illegal trading in oil terrorists engage in with assistance from Turkey, the Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov said in an interview published by the daily Izvestia.
"As regards the tracing of the financial flows and the economic ties [that keep the terrorists in Syria afloat TASS], the EU has a lot to do in that sphere," he said. "It's making some efforts already but the latter still fall short of what's needed."
Chizhov also said some amounts of the crude oil that the Islamic State terrorist grouping was selling to Turkey might be reaching European markets.
"I don't think all the crude oil Daesh sells to Turkey ends up there," he said. "Some amounts of it are apparently consumed (on the Turkish territory) but considerable amounts get to the European markets, either in the crude or in the refined form."
Chizhov indicated his doubts over the EU's readiness to take part in the destruction of the Islamic State's oil business infrastructure.
"The oil business you're talking about is one aspect of the mattger and the Islamic State is doing it with Turkey and one can scarcely foresee the EU's involvement in armed operations to destroy this infrastructure," he said. "The EU is not a party to military operations in Syria or wherever and it isn't a military organization, for that matter."