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Egypt resists requests from the US authorities to supply weapons to Ukraine, writes Wall Street Journal with reference to sources.According to the newspaper, Egypt allegedly planned to send missiles to Russia, but at the beginning of the year abandoned this decision under pressure from the United States.
“U.S. officials, including the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, asked instead to supply weapons to Ukraine, seeking to help the Kiev authorities overcome the shortage of ammunition,” the publication says.
It is clarified that the head of the Pentagon appealed to the President of Egypt with such a request
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in March during a meeting in Cairo. According to the interlocutors of the newspaper, since then, US officials have done this more than once.
According to the WSJ, Washington is asking Cairo to transfer artillery shells, anti-tank missiles, air defense systems and small arms to the Kyiv regime.
Egypt, in conversations with US officials, does not reject these requests definitively, but, according to senior sources, Cairo does not plan to send weapons to Ukraine, the article concluded.In April, the Washington Post, citing leaked U.S. intelligence documents, wrote that Egypt planned to secretly send up to 40,<> missiles to Russia. Presidential Press Secretary
Dmitry Peskov Then he said that such publications look like another duck, and urged to treat them accordingly. In Cairo, these data were also refuted.
[Top image: © RIA Novosti / Valery Shustov . Cairo, Egypt. Archival photo]