Danish company 'helped fuel' Russia's Syria air strikes

Danish company accused of helping fuel Russia's Syria air strikes
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30 April, 2019
A Danish bunker company accused of supplying fuel to the Russian military, which were then used on air strikes in Syria.
Russian air strikes have devastated parts of Syria [Getty]
 
A Danish company has been accused of supplying jet fuel to the Russian military which has been used in Moscow's devastating air campaign in Syria, in support of Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Dan-Bunkering has allegedly supplied 30,000 metrics tons of jet fuel to Russia, since its intervention in Syria's war in 2016, Danish state broadcaster DR claimed on Monday.

The broadcaster said the company played a role in the sale in at least six deliveries of jet fuel for use in Syria, where Russian airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians and destroyed hospitals and schools, human rights groups and monitors say.

Russian Sovfracht paid Dan-Bunkering to transfer jet fuel via ship worth $16 million, which was then moved to tankers in the Mediterranean, which sailed to the Syrian port city of Baniyas, according to US court records. 

Russia's foreign ministry confirmed in 2018 that Sovfracht had supplied jet fuel for Russian jet fighters. 

"The company (Dan-Bunkering, according to DR) has thus literally helped fuel the conflict raging there. They helped enable the Russian air force to continue its operations, because it is obviously dependent on fuel supplies," Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, DIIS, told the Danish broadcaster.

Mikkel Storm Jensen, a military analyst at the Royal Danish Defence College, told DR that the 30,000 metrics tons of jet fuel allegedly supplied to Russia allowed it to carry out 6,000 air strikes in support of the Assad regime.

"Six thousand missions are a lot of missions," he said.

"We're talking about war supplies which have supported a vital element of Assad's recapture of Syria at a time when he was about to lose the war. The Russian jet fighters enabled Assad to stop losing and start winning."

Syria's war erupted in 2011, after the regime brutally suppressed anti-government protests. More than half-a-million people have been killed in the fighting, mostly civilians from regime airstrikes.

Dan-Bunkering denied they contravened EU law or that jet fuel it supplied by the company was used in Syria's war.

The New Arab has approached Dan-Bunkering for comment.