Leaked documents show that Sisi ordered the production of rockets in talks with the Egyptian military. At the same time, he was to order that the entire operation, including the arms transfer to Russia, should be carried out in secret. As he explained, “to avoid problems with the West”.. The employees of the factory that is to produce the rockets must be informed that the equipment is intended for the needs of the Egyptian military.
Egyptian authorities have neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the documents. Responding to the questions of “WaPo” journalists, the spokesperson of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said, “From the beginning, Egypt has taken a policy of non-alignment and equal distance from both sides, while insisting that both sides should stop hostilities and create a political solution through negotiations.”
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In an interview with the Washington Post, a Biden administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: There is no evidence that Egypt actually sent missiles to Russia.
Cairo maintains good relations with both Russia and the United States and is unwilling to take sides after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. Nevertheless, on March 2, 2022 – a week after the start of the Russian invasion – Cairo voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution that condemned the Russian aggression and called on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory. Then, in October last year He voted against Moscow in its illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
However, he abstained from voting on the resolution to expel Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. Pay war reparations to Ukraine.
After Ukrainian grain exports were halted due to the Russian invasion, Egypt became an even larger recipient of Russian wheat. (Before the war, imports of this grain from Ukraine and Russia covered 80 percent of Egyptian demand). He also conducts business interests with Moscow, e.g. In the field of nuclear energy.
Egypt receives more than $1 billion from Washington. Annual support, which is reserved for “defense of the state” broadly understood. Despite its close ties to Moscow, Egypt remains an important US partner in the Middle East and North Africa.
Source: “Washington Post”, Onet
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