Tue. Jan 28th, 2020

Islamic State receiving funds from 40 countries, including G20 nations: Vladimir Putin

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Days after Islamic State jihadists struck Paris with multiple, co-ordinated terror attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the terrorists were receiving funding from at least 40 countries.

Some of these countries are members of the G20 grouping, Putin added.

Putin made the revelation when he shared the Russian intelligence data on the Islamic State financing during the just-concluded G20 meet in Turkey’s Antalya.

The G20 meet was held in the immediate aftermath of the Paris terror attacks that left 129 dead and hundreds injured.

“I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told the journalists, detailing what he told his G20 colleagues over the weekend.

At the G20 Summit, Putin also spoke of the illegal trade in oil that helps the Islamic State earn huge amounts of revenue.

“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he 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,” the Russian President added.

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