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Egypt disappointed by Russian stance on Nile dam dispute

Some Egyptians call for reassessing relations with Russia after it failed to back Egypt's view on Ethiopia's Nile dam at the Security Council this month, although overall ties remain strong.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) attend their news conference

CAIRO — Calls are being made by some in Egypt to reassess relations with Russia, long viewed as an ally of Cairo, amid accusations that Moscow failed to support Egypt's position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The Security Council held a session on the Blue Nile dam July 8 at Egypt's and Sudan's request. The Nile River gives Egypt around 85% of its annual water needs, 

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