A US soldier patrols near an oil field in al-Qahtaniyah in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, close to the border with Turkiye, on June 14, 2023InternationalIndiaAfricaUNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The United Nations have an obligation to hold the United States accountable for plundering Syria’s oil resources which amount to losses of $115 billion for Damascus, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Bassam Sabbah stressed on Tuesday. “Our latest statistics show that the total value of direct and indirect losses to the oil sector in Syria have exceeded 115 billion US dollars. We believe that the United Nations is obligated to hold the United States accountable and ask it to return this looted money to the Syrians,” Bassam stated as he addressed the UN General Assembly. Bassam’s remarks came when addressing US and Turkish illegal military presence on Syrian soil in violation of its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is also used to support an array of separatist militias and terrorist groups. The Syrian official also condemned the “infiltration” by several western political and military officials among others, to occupied areas of the country, in disregard to Syria’s sovereignty. – “This is considered a flagrant interference in its internal affairs,” Bassam said.WorldTurkey Agrees to Withdraw Troops From Syria After Trilateral Talks in Moscow 31 December 2022, 08:02 GMTIn addition, Syria called for an independent United Nations investigation into the attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, the offcial emphasized.When asked whether there should be an independent United Nations investigation on the pipelines sabotage, al-Sabbagh said, “Of course.”
"It goes without saying. There has to be [one]… Usually, when countries request such an investigation, the United Nations should respond to it," Bassam highlighted.
Nord Stream SabotageBiden Admin Blew Up Nord Stream Because US Feared Losing Primacy in Western Europe – Sy Hersh26 September, 12:06 GMTThe Nord Stream pipelines, built to deliver gas under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, were hit by explosions in September 2022. The pipelines’ operator, Nord Stream AG, said that the damage was unprecedented and it was impossible to estimate the timeframe for repairing them.Denmark, Germany, and Norway have left Russia out of their investigations into the attacks, prompting Moscow to launch its own investigation. Russian officials have characterized the attacks as international terrorism.No official results of the investigations have yet been announced, but Pulitzer Prize-winning US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a report in February 2023 saying the explosions were organized by the US government with the support of the authorities in Norway. Washington has denied any involvement in the attack.Nord Stream SabotageCIA Privately Attributed Nord Stream Attack to Ukraine While US Blamed Russia – Report11 June, 01:43 GMTIn mid-July, media reported that Dutch military intelligence had informed the CIA of Ukraine’s plans to sabotage the Nord Stream pipelines – months before the attacks happened.