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Russia Refutes Reports on Suspension of Military Agreements with Sudan

Russia Refutes Reports on Suspension of Military Agreements with Sudan

Friday, 30 April, 2021 - 08:45
The Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich during a past stop at Port Sudan. (AFP)

The Russian Embassy in Khartoum dismissed as “unfounded” media reports that said Sudan has suspended military agreements signed with Moscow by the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

In a statement on Facebook page on Thursday, the embassy said it has not received any notification from Sudanese officials about the alleged suspension.

It stressed that such reports aim to harm the traditionally friendly bilateral relations between Russia and Sudan.

The former regime had agreed with Moscow to establish a logistics support center for Russia’s navy in Sudan.

In November 2020, the Russian government published a document of the agreement, stating that the maximum number of personnel at the facility in Sudan would not exceed 300, and no more than four Russian ships would deploy there at the same time.

According to the agreement, the base would reportedly be constructed near the Sudanese Navy's main base at Flamingo Bay, which is situated north of Port Sudan, the country’s main port city on the Red Sea.

The document stipulates that the naval logistics base is designed for repairing, replenishing supplies and for the crewmembers of Russian naval ships to rest.

“It (the agreement) is effective for 25 years with the automatic extension for 10 years if neither side notifies the other that the agreement is terminated at least a year prior.”

In return, Sudan would obtain weapons and military equipment from Russia.

On Wednesday, Sudanese political, military and civil senior sources said the Sovereign Council has suspended the deal “until it is approved by the parliament, the Sudanese Sovereign Council or the transitional government.”

They pointed to the Council’s rejection of any new deployment of Russian troops at the Flamingo naval base, adding that Moscow has not respected the agreed upon details.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Russian military ships started to bring equipment and radars to build the naval facility.

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