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No Foreign or Russian Military Bases in Egypt: Presidency

No Foreign or Russian Military Bases in Egypt: Presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visit the Black Sea Fleet’s missile cruiser Moskva on Aug. 12 in the sea port of Sochi. (Alexei Druzhinin / AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visit the Black Sea Fleet’s missile cruiser Moskva on Aug. 12 in the sea port of Sochi. (Alexei Druzhinin / AFP)

Egypt’s Presidency spokesperson denied reports that Egypt is in talks with Russia regarding the construction of a Russian military base.

In a statement, the Presidency ruled out all possibilities of foreign military bases being constructed or rented on Egyptian land.

Earlier this week, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that Russia was in negotiations with Egypt to rent an airbase in Sidi Barani, located near Egypt’s Mediterranean coast line. The report, which said that the bases would become operational by Russian forces in 2019, said that other military facilities are also possible.

Egypt has traditionally rejected foreign military presence on its land beyond peacekeeping forces present in Sinai. Over the past years, Egypt has denied multiple reports of foreign military bases being a possibility on its lands.

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