The Damascus government should re-impose control of all oil facilities in the northeastern part of the country, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on October 23.
Bogdanov said that “everything” should return to the control of the legitimate government in Damascus, stressing that this don’t mean the end of the political process in the war-torn country.
“This does not cancel the political process, constitutional reform, negotiations and resolution 2254. But all the papers, all the official statements say that all parties involved must honor and respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity of the Syrian state,” the Russian senior diplomat added.
Syria’s biggest oil fields, including al-Omar and Rmelan, are located in the northeastern region. Key processing facilities such as the CONICO gas factory are also located in the region.
These oil fields are controlled by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and local Arab militias, which are running an illegal oil trade in the region.
Despite the ongoing U.S. withdrawal from northeast Syria, recent reports revealed that the Pentagon may leave up to 200 troops in the region to control the oil fields and prevent Syrian troops from recapturing them.