Military Chief Says Sudan Reviewing Naval Base Deal With Russia

Military Chief Says Sudan Reviewing Naval Base Deal With Russia

General Mohammed Othman al-Hussein says negotiations are underway with Russian officials ‘to serve Sudan’s interests.’

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Sudan’s military chief has said the country is reviewing an agreement to host a Russian naval base on its Red Sea coast.
  • The deal allows Russia to set up a naval base with up to 300 Russian soldiers and to simultaneously keep up to four navy ships, including nuclear-powered ones, in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.
  • In exchange, Russia is to provide Sudan with weapons and military equipment.
  • The agreement is to last for 25 years, with automatic extensions for 10-year periods if neither side objects to it.
  • The Kremlin said it had seen al-Hussein’s comments and that Moscow was in regular contact with Sudan and hoped it could resolve the situation.

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