A Russian warship docked this morning, Saturday, in the port of Port Sudan (eastern Sudan), without military protocols and ceremonies, after sources in the Sudanese Foreign Ministry reported that the agreement between the two countries had frozen the establishment of a Russian base.
Sources confirmed to Al-Jazeera that the Russian warship “BM-138” (PM-138) docked in the main port of Port Sudan on the Red Sea, indicating that it was 48 hours late for its entry due to the failure to complete the procedures for entering the port. Read also Able to dock ships powered by nuclear energy .. Putin approves building a new marine facility in Sudan After it was granted a naval base, Moscow puts a foot in the waters of Sudan and its eye on Africa’s minerals The Moscow embassy in Khartoum denies .. Sudanese media: suspending the agreement to establish a Russian military base in Port Sudan
Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the barge docked without military protocols and ceremonies on the Sudanese side, and commanders of the Sudanese naval forces did not receive it, and military traditions were used to receive previous fleets, and the visit would take 48 hours.
The visit of the Russian military battleship comes at a time when sources in the Sudanese Foreign Ministry confirmed to the island that the Sudanese authorities have officially informed Russia to freeze the agreement to establish a Russian base in the Flamingo region, where the Sudanese naval forces base is located, until the agreement is approved by the Sudanese Legislative Council.
Earlier, the Russian embassy in Khartoum denied, in a statement on its Facebook page, that the Sudanese government had suspended the establishment of the Russian naval military base in the Sudanese port of Port Sudan.
Last February, the Russian Interfax news agency reported a statement from the Russian fleet that the frigate Admiral Grigorovich had arrived at a Sudanese port, where Russia intends to set up a naval base.
The statement stated – according to Interfax – that this is the first Russian warship to enter Port Sudan.
On November 16, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the establishment of a Russian naval base in Sudan, capable of accommodating nuclear powered ships, according to Russia Today. Advertising
On December 9, 2020, the Russian Official Gazette published the text of an agreement between Moscow and Khartoum on establishing a supply and maintenance base for the Russian Navy on the Red Sea, with the aim of strengthening peace and security in the region, according to the preamble of the agreement.