No plans for Russian base in Egypt | Middle East | World Bulletin

Egypt on Wednesday denied statements attributed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding the possible construction of a Russian military base in the Arab world’s most populous country.

Recent media reports had claimed that Egypt had approved a Russian request to build a military base on its territory, asserting that last week’s visit to Cairo by Lavrov and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Choigu had been meant to discuss the issue.

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry clarified that Lavrov’s statements to Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta had been “incorrectly translated.”

The ministry stressed that Russia’s top diplomat had not used the word “naval base” in his statements.

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