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#Military: Russia may sign arms swap deal with Sudan, says Institute for the Study of War


Russia may sign an agreement with the Sudanese Armed Forces for a weapons exchange to support a Russian logistics hub in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.


Yassir Al-Atta, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, announced on 25 May that a delegation of military officials would soon travel to Russia to finalise an agreement for the exchange of "vital weapons and munitions" for the Russian logistics centre in Port Sudan. 


PORT SUDAN. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Al-Atta said the planned Russian centre is "not exactly a military base".

A well-known Kremlin-awarded Russian milblogger also claimed on 27 May that the Sudanese Armed Forces managed to reclaim several areas of Khartoum with the use of Iranian-made drone supplies.


Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the Russian leader for Africa and the Middle East, met with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Head of the Sudanese Armed Forces, and several other Sudanese officials during a two-day visit to Sudan on 28-29 April.


ISW has previously assessed that Russia might change its side of support in the Sudanese civil war to back the Sudanese Armed Forces and establish its naval base in the Red Sea.


ISW believes that Russian support for the Sudanese Armed Forces would greatly benefit Iran, as it would align Russian and Iranian policies and strategies in the region.

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