Turkish PM calls DAESH oil claims 'Soviet propaganda'

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls claim by Russia that Turkey has been buying oil from DAESH product of 'Soviet propaganda machine'

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Updated Dec 4, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out on Thursday at Russian claims that Turkey has been purchasing oil from DAESH, calling them the lies of a "Soviet propaganda machine."

Relations between Ankara and Moscow have deteriorated considerably since Turkey downed a Russian jet on Nov. 24 near its border with Syria.

"There was a Soviet propaganda machine during the Cold War which produced several lies that they believed first then expected the world to do so," he said on Thursday in a press conference at Esenboga Airport in Ankara before his departure for Azerbaijan.

The intruding Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 near the Syrian border after it ignored a total of ten warnings in five minutes. In response, Moscow announced a series of economic sanctions against Ankara and Russian President Vladimir Putin has alleged Turkey purchases oil from DAESH.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged Putin to provide evidence of his claims and said he will step down if they are proved to be true. He called on Putin to do the same if they are not.

Davutoglu said that characteristics of Russia dating back to the Soviet era, which were thought to have disappeared after the Cold War, have been "re-emerging one by one."

"No one will give credit to the lies of the Soviet propaganda machine," he added.

TRTWorld and agencies