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EXCLUSIVE: Russia smuggles jet fuel to Syria

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>> Russian tankers have smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters in defiance of an EU ban. I'm Reuters' Shipping Correspondent Jonathan Saul in London with this exclusive report. Essentially what we know at the moment is that at least two Russian flag tankers have managed to smuggle jet fuel through EU waters towards Syria for use, we understand, in their military activities over there.
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The interesting element within this is that they seem to have sailed through ports in Cypress and Greece, which obviously fall under EU territorial waters. Under EU regulations which came into effect about two years ago, they've imposed a ban upon the supply of jet fuel through EU territory. At the same time of course, the Russians don't hold that they are bound by sanctions in any shape or form.
00:00:45
So we have effectively a stand off between EU law, which bans such supplies, and the Russians, who don't hold that they are breaching any sanctions. Already in the past few hours, we've seen a key member of the European Parliament, quite a significant lawmaker, calling for an investigation into how this has happened.
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They're looking for answers as to how this is possible to have been done through EU territorial waters when there's supposedly this ban in place upon such activity. What happens next is anyone's guess. But clearly, this is part of a wider strategy by Russia to ensure that they can get sufficient supplies of fuels, particularly jet fuel, which is quite a specialist fuel for their military campaign in Syria.