There was an important meeting between French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow last Thursday. They were discussing co-operation in the fight against Isis, which was behind the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 130 people.
The two leaders agreed that cutting off Isis oil smuggling to Turkey was a priority.
Bilal Erdogan (pictured), the son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stands accused of profiting from the illicit and immoral trade. He is accused of having blood on his hands by giving aid and comfort to the Isis terrorists.
“Day and night they are going to Turkey,” Mr Putin said. “Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there — empty.”
Adopting a somewhat sarcastic tone, he continued: “We assume that the top political leadership of Turkey might not know anything about this. Hard to believe, but it is theoretically possible.”
The same day Russia bombed another convoy of Turkish lorries at the Bab al-Salameh border crossing north of Aleppo, which is controlled by the Qatari-backed Ahrar al-Sham extremist group.
Turkey arrested Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Can Dundar and his Ankara correspondent Erdem Gul on Thursday for exposing secret government arms shipments to Syrian insurgents in May.
Pat Harrington, Director of the Third Way think-tank said: “It is obvious that Isis draws much of its funding from the sale of oil to and through Turkey. The corrupt involvement of people close to the Turkish government cannot be ignored. Cut the oil, cut the funds and you will cut the terror”.
In a worrying development Italian customs officials seized more than 800 guns being transported from Turkey to Belgium without a licence yesterday.
Authorities in the port of Trieste found the 847 Turkish-made Winchester pump-action shotguns in a Dutch-registered lorry driven by a Turkish citizen.
Editorial note: Those interested in how Isis smuggles its oil should read the excellent articles here: