Medvedev :ISIS, Turkish officials have financial interest in oil trade

Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria on Tuesday.

“Turkey’s actions are de facto protection of Islamic State,” Medvedev said, calling the group formerly known as ISIS by its new name. “This is no surprise, considering the information we have about direct financial interest of some Turkish officials relating to the supply of oil products refined by plants controlled by ISIS.”

“The reckless and criminal actions of the Turkish authorities… have caused a dangerous escalation of relations between Russia and NATO, which cannot be justified by any interest, including protection of state borders,” Medvedev said.

According to Medvedev, Russia is considering canceling several important projects with Turkey and barring Turkish companies from the Russian market. Russia has already recommended its citizens not to go Turkey citing terrorist threats, which have resulted in several tourist operators withdrawing tours to Turkey from the market.

Russia may further scrap a gas pipeline project, aimed at turning Turkey into a major transit country for Russian natural gas going to Europe, and the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant.

Turkey shot down a Russian bomber over Syria on Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace. Russia says no violation took place and considers the hostile act as ‘a stab in the back’ and direct assistance to terrorist forces in Syria.

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Raipur welcomes international teams for the Hero Hockey World League Final

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New Delhi, 24th November 2015: Raipur has gone abuzz with Hockey as the capital city of Chhattisgarh welcomed international teams to the city for the year’s biggest global hockey event, the Hero Hockey World League Finals. The tournament is scheduled to be hosted at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium, Raipur from the 27th November – 6th December 2015.

Raipur just hosted the last two of the three match series between India and world champions Australia. This test series marked the city’s first ever exposure to an international tournament and the full stadium for the matches were a testimony to the popularity of the sport of hockey in the region. The city is now all set to host their first international multination tournament as all the participating teams have already arrived in the city. With India and Australia already in town for the last one week, since yesterday the other six teams viz; Germany, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands and Argentina, have reached Raipur.

Except for Australia and India who have had a rest day after the 3-match series got over yesterday, all the other six teams took out time to practice at the new laid turf at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International stadium. Germany and Canada also played a practice match which was a part of their training schedule. The match was played with a reduced time of three quarters of 15 minutes each. Germany won the match 1-0 with a lone goal scored by Constantine Staib.

NMDC ltd has been roped in as the Principal Partner on ground partner while SECL/CIL and NTPC are the Official Partners for the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015.

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