Kremlin has no information on alleged Russian forces' deployment in Egypt

Kremlin has no information on alleged Russian forces' deployment in Egypt

US and security sources said Moscow has deployed special forces and unmanned drones at Sidi Barrani, about 60 miles (100 km) from the Egypt-Libya border.

The agency's sources also claimed that Russian Federation had used another Egyptian base farther east in Marsa Matrouh in early February.

"There are no Russian special forces units in Sidi Barrani", Interfax cited Igor Konashenkov, the defense ministry's spokesman, as saying in a statement.

"There is no foreign soldier from any foreign country on Egyptian soil".

The US military declined to comment.

On December contacts with Haftar, he said that "Russia is betting on him in the matter of settling the situation in Libya" and underscored the "highly controversial and complex" state of affairs there. Russian military aircraft flew at least six military units to the Marsa Matruh base in early February before the...

Reuters could not independently verify any presence of Russian special forces and drones or military aircraft in Egypt.

Around 70 members of Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army were evacuated on Tuesday aboard Russian planes, LNA spokesman Mohamad Ghanim said. On special forces in Egypt near the Libya border he added, "we also have no information about that".

US leaders are concerned with Russia's intentions in Libya, an oil-rich country.

Last month a senior Algerian military official told the London-based Middle East Eye that Russian Federation is planning to ship armoured vehicles and arms to renegade Haftar through Algeria.

Despite the United Nations arms embargo in place since 2011 prohibiting the sale of weapons to Libyan factions, to the exception of the government in Tripoli, Haftar is also said to have received arms from Middle Eastern allies including Egypt and the UAE.

Haftar has also sought to improve his relations with Russian Federation.

"They're working to influence that", Waldhauser told the armed services committee.

General Thomas D. Waldhauser testified: "Russia is trying to exert influence on the ultimate decision of who becomes and what entity becomes in charge of the government inside Libya".

Waldhauser said "it is not" in USA interest to let that happen.



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