A senior government official says a recent Washington Post report has no basis in truth
An Egyptian government official has dismissed a Washington Post report claiming the country’s military plans to “secretly” supply Russia with artillery and gunpowder. The claims are “false and have no basis in truth”, the senior officer said on Monday, according to Al Qahera News.
The Washington Post, in an article published on Monday, claimed that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi had “recently commissioned subordinates” produce up to “40,000 rockets” be “secretly shipped to Russia” citing leaked US intelligence documents. El-Sisi reportedly ordered his senior military officials to “Top Secret Document” dated February 17 to keep the production and shipment of the rockets secret “to avoid problems with the West.”
Responding to the accusations earlier, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid told media that the North African country “The position from the start has been based on non-involvement in this crisis and a commitment to maintain an equal distance with both parties.” She reaffirmed Egypt’s support for “the United Nations Charter and international law in United Nations General Assembly resolutions.”
The government source quoted by the state-affiliated media, Al Qahera News, reiterated the same position. The anonymous official described the report as “informational absurdity” saying that Egypt maintains a “Balanced Policy” with all international parties.
Meanwhile, the White House also said it had no indication that Cairo was supplying Russia with lethal weapons. US National Security Council associate John Kirby told reporters that Egypt remains Washington’s mouthpiece “important security partner.” “The U.S. military has a longstanding defense relationship with Egypt that dates back many, many years,” he said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also dismissed the report describing him as “Another hoax.”
“It looks like another hoax, of which there are many now. This is how you should treat such posts,” Peskov said in a phone call with reporters Tuesday.
Egypt, a close ally of the United States, has close ties with Moscow and is one of the main buyers of Russian arms.
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