Bashir Discusses with Russia Setting up Military Base on Red Sea
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said he had discussed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin setting up a military base on the Red Sea, adding that he had asked for providing Sudan with Russian defensive weapons to upgrade the army.
“We are not willing to attack any country, but want to protect ours,” Bashir said. “I discussed with the Russian president and minister of defense the possibility of setting up a military base on the Red Sea,” he added.
Bashir expressed content over the visit’s outcome, which started on Thursday in response to Putin's invitation that is the first of its kind. He also stated that a breakthrough was made in Russian-Sudanese ties in various fields: politics, economy, trade, culture and specially military.
He leaked information about US intentions to divide Sudan into five states, in case protection wasn't provided, complaining over “huge pressure and a US conspiracy” against Sudan.
During his talks with Putin on Thursday in Sochi, the Sudanese president stated that the separation of south Sudan in 2011 resulted from the US policy. He called on Putin to tackle the US intervention in the Red Sea from the standpoint of setting up a Russian military base in the region.
In other cooperation fields, Sudanese president affirmed signing an agreement with the Russian side on the use of nuclear energy to produce electrical energy.
In a first reaction over the Sudanese-Russian talks on possibility of setting up a military base on Red Sea, Frants Klintsevich, First Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council, said that there are no reasons for Russia to reject this.
Yet, he pointed that such decision is taken by the Russian president who is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.