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Egypt nearly supplied rockets to Russia, agreed to arm Ukraine instead, leak shows

By Missy Ryan

17 Apr 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post highlights the back and forth between Egypt and the U.S. when it came to supplying weapons to Russia, according the Discord Leaks. Egypt eventually supplied weapons to Ukraine.

Egypt paused a plan to secretly supply rockets to Russia last month following talks with senior U.S. officials and instead decided to produce artillery ammunition for Ukraine, according to five leaked U.S. intelligence documents that have not been previously reported.

The Post last week reported on another document that exposed a covert scheme by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi in February to provide Russia with up to 40,000 122mm Sakr-45 rockets, which can be used in Russian multiple-launch rocket launchers. Sisi instructed his subordinates to keep the project secret "to avoid problems with the West," the document said.

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