Claims About Suspension of Deal to Create Russian Naval Base on Red Sea Untrue, Embassy Says
19:41 GMT 28.04.2021(updated 00:03 GMT 29.04.2021)
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mansour Boulad told Sputnik that at the moment he did not have official confirmation of the suspension of the agreement on the establishment of a Russian Navy facility on the Red Sea.
"At the moment, we have no official confirmation of the suspension of the agreement on military cooperation with the Russian Federation," the spokesman said, commenting on media reports.
The Russian embassy in Khartoum later confirmed that claims about the suspension of the deal to establish a Russian naval base on the Red Sea are untrue.
"In connection with reports in the regional and Sudanese information space about the alleged suspension of the implementation of the agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Sudan on the creation of a logistics center for the Russian Navy in Sudan, the embassy stresses that these statements are untrue, whatever the so-called 'sources' say. The Russian embassy in Khartoum has not received any notifications from the Sudanese side," the embassy said.
The diplomatic mission stressed that this agreement would come into force only after its ratification by both sides.
"Since this has not happened yet, all other statements are untrue and aim to harm the traditionally friendly relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Sudan, regardless of the foreign policy situation," it said.
Earlier, Al-Arabiya broadcaster reported, citing a source, that Sudan was freezing the agreement on the creation of a Russian military base on the Red Sea, which was signed with the previous authorities. The report also indicates that Khartoum was also suspending any new deployment of Russian troops at the Flamingo naval base. The agreement, according to the channel's source, is suspended pending its approval by the parliament, the Sudanese Sovereign Council, or the government of the country.
Sudanese media have not yet published any information about the freezing of the agreement on the creation of a Russian navy station on the Red Sea.
The agreement was announced in November 2020. According to the document, the maximum number of personnel at this facility in Sudan will not exceed 300 people. No more than four Russian ships will be able to stay there at the same time.
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