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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
No Russian Special Forces in Egypt - Russian Defense Ministry

No Russian Special Forces in Egypt - Russian Defense Ministry
There are are no Russian special forces units in Egypt contrary to media
reports, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
12:30 14.03.2017(updated 12:38 14.03.2017)
https://sputniknews.com/military/201703141051558320-russia-special-forces-egypt/

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Late on Monday, Reuters news agency reported that Russia
deployed 22-member unit of special forces and several drones to an airbase
in Egypt near the Libyan border, citing unnamed US and Egyptian military and
diplomatic sources. The Egyptian Defense Ministry has already denied the
reports.

"There are no Russian special forces in Sidi Barrani. Certain Western media
have been stirring the public with such mud-slinging from anonymous sources
for years," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Earlier in the day, Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the
Federation Council's Committee for International Affairs, told Sputnik that
Russia has not sent military specialists and drones to an airbase in Egypt.

Another Russian lawmaker, first deputy head of Russia's State Duma Defense
Committee Andrei Krasov told Sputnik that media reports of alleged Russia's
deployment of military personnel to an airbase in Egypt are aimed at
escalating the situation.

Libya has been torn apart by internal conflict since 2011, when the civil
war broke out culminating in the demise of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In December 2015, the United Nations brokered the agreement to establish the
Government of National Accord (GNA), which was meant to reconcile Libya’s
rival governments — the Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the
Tripoli-based General National Congress. The GNA's Presidential Council was
supposed to offer representation to members of Libya's conflicting groups,
but the GNA has been struggling to make progress in truly uniting the
country.

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