Russian military jets are seen at Hmeymim air base in Syria, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters
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Russian tankers have smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters, bolstering military supplies to a war-torn country where Moscow is carrying out airstrikes in support of the government, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. At least two Russian-flagged ships made deliveries – which contravene EU sanctions – via Cyprus, an intelligence source with a European Union government told Reuters. EU Council Regulation 1323/2014, introduced two years ago, bans any supply of jet fuel to Syria from the EU territories, whether or not the fuel originated in the European Union.Over one two-week period in October, Russian tankers delivered 20,000 metric tons of jet fuel to Syria – worth around $9 million at today's world prices – via the European Union, according to the EU government intelligence source.The EU intelligence source said the Mukhalatka went on to deliver jet fuel to Syria, while the other two sources said the Yaz almost certainly carried fuel to the country.The EU government intelligence source said Russia was also using ships flying the flags of other countries to carry jet fuel to Syria.
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