"No one has the right to dispose of Syrian wealth. To come here at a distance of tens of thousands of kilometers and talk about the valuation of oil deposits in this country is contrary to international law. They (the United States) openly admit that they are there because of the oil fields. These belong to the Syrian people, "said Cavusoglu.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman had previously said that the United States was not receiving profits from Syrian oil fields, but was turning them over to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Syrian oil and Washington projects
Nearly 90 percent of Syrian oil production is concentrated on the east bank of the Euphrates, which was once a bastion and the main source of revenue for Daesh terrorists *. At present, these areas are mainly under the control of the SDF, the Kurdish allied forces of the United States.
In October, Donald Trump, who had earlier announced his intention to withdraw US forces from these areas, said some staff would be kept there to "protect oil" against Daesh *. According to him, it is "maybe time for the Kurds to move to this oil region" because they "need money".
At the same time, the President noted that Washington could get one of the big US oil companies to come to this region and "do everything right".
Pentagon ready to defend Syrian oil
Later, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said the United States would defend the oil fields in Syria and react by force to attempts to control it. According to him, US soldiers do not intend to let Russia or the Syrian army enter.
According to the Associated Press, GIs will protect much of the territory controlled by Syrian Kurds, which extends from Deir ez-Zor to Hassake. Some media have already mentioned the construction of military bases in this region.
Moscow has described as unacceptable US attempts to illegally maintain military presence near oil fields in northeastern Syria. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States is financing some armed groups using revenues from Syrian oil fields. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konachenkov said oil production in Syria was worth more than $ 30 million a month to Washington.
* Terrorist organization banned in Russia