"Hydrocarbons smuggling as one of the main sources of funding for terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq has been reduced to a minimum," Rogachev said.
Daesh* and Nusra Front*, however, "have never run out of bullets" during the seven-year conflict in Syria, despite being confronted by Syrian government troops, the Russian Aerospace Forces and Shiite militias, according to Rogachev.
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Rogachev noted that the Russian side had collected some data and had discussions on the issue with a number of countries. However, the problem of arms supplies within the context of international counterterrorism cooperation has not been seriously addressed so far, the diplomat concluded.
*terrorist groups banned in Russia