UNITED NATIONS – Russia is asking the U.N. Security Council to condemn the illegal sale of Syrian oil by terrorist groups and encourage all countries to take "necessary measures" to prevent it.
A draft presidential statement circulated to council members and obtained Monday by The Associated Press expresses "grave concern" at the seizure of oilfields in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra and stresses that any export or import of crude oil without authorization of a sovereign state is illegal.
Presidential statements are a step below resolutions and must be approved by all 15 council members. Council experts would likely meet Tuesday to discuss the draft.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Thursday that many reports indicate ISIL is selling oil from captured fields.