Russia says all oil sites in northeast Syria should be under Damascus’ control
[ Editor’s Note: Reimposing control over oil facilities will be easier said than done. Various Kurdish and Arab groups have control over different facilities taken over during the war. I suspect Damascus will offer them pardons for turning them over now, if they are not blown up.
If they turn down that offer, then the SAA can pay them a visit and demonstrate what the penalty would be. After fighting off the US coalition all these years, I don’t see Damascus taking any crap from smugglers and thieves. Damascus just arrested the heads and seized the assets of a number of Syrian shipping companies recently for smuggling.
The Kurds don’t get the short end of the stick either. From memory I believe they got a 25% cut out of the production in their areas, not bad when they are 7% to 10% of the Syrian population.
– First published … October 23, 2019 –
The Damascus government should re-impose control of all oil facilities in the northeastern part of the country, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on October 23.
Bogdanov said that “everything” should return to the control of the legitimate government in Damascus, stressing that this don’t mean the end of the political process in the war-torn country.
“This does not cancel the political process, constitutional reform, negotiations and resolution 2254. But all the papers, all the official statements say that all parties involved must honor and respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity of the Syrian state,” the Russian senior diplomat added.
Syria’s biggest oil fields, including al-Omar and Rmelan, are located in the northeastern region. Key processing facilities such as the CONICO gas factory are also located in the region.
These oil fields are controlled by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and local Arab militias, which are running an illegal oil trade in the region.
Despite the ongoing U.S. withdrawal from northeast Syria, recent reports revealed that the Pentagon may leave up to 200 troops in the region to control the oil fields and prevent Syrian troops from recapturing them.