Russia controls the gas supply to Europe. Europe doesn't like it. Middle eastern states friendly to NATO have offered their natural gas to Europe, but needs a pipeline to transport it there. Syria provides a direct route to Europe. Syria is allied with Russia and Iran. NATO doesn't like that. Opinions in Europe are warming to Russia perspective on ISIS. The 2016 US Presidential election has the potential to influence this trend.
Headline: Russia says it has proof Turkey involved in Islamic State oil trade
Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday it had proof that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family were benefiting from the illegal smuggling of oil from Islamic State-held territory in Syria and Iraq.
Moscow and Ankara have been locked in a war of words since last week when a Turkish air force jet shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border, the most serious incident between Russia and a NATO state in half a century.
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