Turkish President Erdogan alleges US is right in seizing Ilyumzhinov/FIDE assets


Speaking in Paris on Monday, President Recep Erdogan said that he will leave office if there is proof of Turkey’s cooperation with IS.

 “We are not that dishonest as to buy oil from terrorists. If it is proven that we have, in fact, done so, I will leave office. If there is any evidence, let them present it, we’ll consider [it],” he said, as quoted by TASS.

The countries from which Turkey buys oil are “well known,” said Erdogan.

He called on Russia to comment on the US’ recent black-listing of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the International Chess Federation (FIDE)President, accusing him of “materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria.” Erdogan alleged Ilyumzhinov had been dealing with Islamic State oil. Ilyumzhinov is accused of using FIDE as a cover in his dealings face to face with Assad. The US Treasury Department is looking at seizure of FIDE International Chess Federation assets including trademarks.