Moscow 10 October. INTERFAX.RU – Russia is in talks with Egypt about the lease of military facilities, including the former Soviet military base in the Egyptian city of Sidi Barrani, said on Monday, the newspaper “Izvestia”.
“We are talking about the year 2019 – this time, in the event that the parties agree, the work to restore the database can be completed,” – said the publication, citing a source in the foreign policy community and a source close to the Defense Ministry.
According to “Izvestia”, we are talking about the use of Sidi Barrani as an air base.
“Negotiations on Russia’s participation in the restoration of the Egyptian military facilities on the Mediterranean coast in the region of Sidi Barrani are quite successful. If you agree with the terms and conditions of both parties already in 2019 the base could begin work. Cairo is ready to accept her rent Moscow to address the primary geopolitical . objectives which meet the interests and the Egyptian side According to the reached at this stage of the agreement, Russia will deliver the equipment by sea Moreover, based on the will attend a permanent military contingent of the Russian Federation, but the number of military personnel will initially rather the few “-. said the newspaper’s foreign source.
According to the military source publication, Russia needs a military base in the North African region to solve geopolitical problems in the conditions of serious instability in the region.
“News” note that earlier in Sidi Barrani was a naval base, and until 1972 the Soviet Navy used it to observe the US military ships.
On Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said last week in the State Duma, that the question of the restoration of the Russian military presence in the “distant approaches” is considered.
“Indeed, now there is a very quiet rethinking of the decisions that were once taken regard to our presence on distant approaches, we are of the work we do.” – Said Pankow, answering questions from MPs on the possible return of Russian military installations in Cuba and in Vietnam.