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Egypt denies report it planned to produce 40,000 rockets for Russia

Moscow has also denied the claims that President Sisi ordered the military to secretly ship the rockets to Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) listen to explanations during their visit to the Black Sea Fleet's guards missile cruiser Moskva in the sea port of Sochi on August 12, 2014 during the Egyptian leader's first official visit to Russia. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / KREMLIN POOL / ALEXEI DRUZHININ (Photo by ALEXEI DRUZHININ / RIA NOVOSTI / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEI DRUZHININ/RIA NOVOSTI/AFP via Getty Images)

An Egyptian official rejected a report on Tuesday that Egypt had planned to produce tens of thousands of rockets to be secretly supplied to Russia as it wages a war in Ukraine.

On Monday, The Washington Post reported a leaked US intelligence document claiming that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed his military to produce up to 40,000 rockets to be shipped secretly to Russia, which is pressing on with its invasion of Ukraine, now in its second year. According to the report, the document dated Feb. 17, "summarizes purported conversations between Sisi and senior Egyptian military officials and also references plans to supply Russia with artillery rounds and gunpowder."

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