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Egypt avoids direct condemnation of Russia over Ukraine

Egypt called for diplomacy to solve the Ukrainian crisis, avoiding taking any sides in order not to harm its ties with Russia, the United States or NATO.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt has refrained from condemning the Russian military attack in Ukraine or mentioning Russia by name in its first reaction to the conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine Feb. 24, in the biggest assault on a European country since World War II. The attack came amid tensions between Russia and the West over plans to admit the former Soviet republic into NATO.

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