Egypt has ignored US regime requests that it close its airspace to Russian military flights, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. This airspace is a vital corridor between Russia and its military defense bases in Syria.

Washington has been trying to fence in Russian military planes, but Al Sisi’s government isn’t playing ball, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Multiple American officials asked Cairo in February and March to declare its skies off limits to Russian military aircraft, the newspaper reported, citing USA and Egyptian officials.

Egypt has not responded to these requests, and flights between Syria and Russia have reportedly continued unimpeded. Asked by the Wall Street Journal, a US State Department official declined to comment on private diplomatic conversations.

Situated on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, Khmeimim Air Base is one of Russia’s most important military facilities in Syria.

With Iraq, Jordan, and Türkiye blocking most Russian military flights since last year at the US’ request, Russian support aircraft must now fly south over Azerbaijan and Iran, west over Saudi Arabia, and finally back north over Egypt before landing at Khmeimim.

Without permission to fly over Egypt, Russia would be forced to seek a new and far longer route over Africa to reach its forces in Syria by air.

Meanwhile, Türkiye’s closure of the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits to military vessels last year has complicated the movement of arms and equipment by sea.

American officials believe that Moscow is moving weapons from Syria to the battlefield in Ukraine, although this has not been confirmed or denied by the Russian side.

Discounting Ukraine, Egypt is the second-largest recipient of US military aid in the world, receiving about $1.3 billion a year from Washington.

Despite only Israel receiving more direct military support from the USA, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has not completely aligned his foreign policy with that of Washington.

Al Sisi has deployed troops in Libya and ordered airstrikes against the US-recognized Government of National Accord, all while funding the opposing Libyan National Army, which was aided on the battlefield by Russian military contractors.

The Egyptian president has a cordial relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the country has adopted a neutral stance on the conflict in Ukraine.

According to recently leaked Pentagon documents, however, Al Sisi recently dropped a plan to supply arms to Russia and instead agreed to supply the USA with artillery ammunition for Kiev’s forces.

The decision was made following what the Washington Post termed a diplomatic offensive from Washington DC.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2023.


4.5 2 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lady Shadow
Lady Shadow
13-05-23 18:01

Closing airspace for the American criminal networks?

Triple Boosted
Triple Boosted
13-05-23 18:09

South Africa should learn from Egypt to just ignore the USA.

Peter Piper
Peter Piper
13-05-23 18:09

Egypt was building pyramids ( that cannot be duplicated even today ) 3000 years ago. You think they are dumb enough to fall for US diplomacy?