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Egypt charts middle diplomatic course in Ukraine war

Cairo voted in favor of the US-backed UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion, but is not shutting down ties with Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pause during a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of an explosion in a vocational college in Crimea, during their talks in Sochi on Oct. 17, 2018.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put Egypt in a bind, due to the intertwined interests the country has with both the United States and Russia.

On Feb. 24, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry commented for the first time on the Russian attack on Ukraine, stressing “the need to give priority to dialogue and diplomatic solutions, and to the endeavors that would speed up a political settlement of the crisis in a way that would preserve international security and stability.”

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