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A report by the American Wall Street Journal revealed that the United States last year pressured the governments of several countries, including Iraq, Turkey and Jordan, to prevent the crossing of Russian planes after the start of the war with Ukraine, forcing Moscow's planes to fly an additional 2,000 miles and up to five more hours to reach their bases. strategy in Syria.
"The United States used its influence to cut off Russian supplies coming from its bases in Syria, but Egypt rejected the American request to close its airspace to the Russian army and continued to allow Russian flights," said the report, which was translated by the information agency.
He added, "In response to a request for comment, the Foreign Ministry spokesman refused to talk about the issue, saying, "We refuse to comment on private diplomatic talks," while the report noted that "other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, continued to allow Russian planes to use their airspace."
And the report indicated that "the moves of Turkey, Iraq and Jordan to prevent some Russian flights under American pressure add about 2,000 miles to the flight that passes through the Caspian Sea, then Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and finally the Mediterranean Sea to reach the Russian military bases in Syria, according to flight records, where the new route takes more than It took six hours to fly from southern Russia to Syria, compared to less than two hours for the shortest trips.
The report criticized the Egyptian position by saying that "Egypt is the second largest recipient of US military aid in the world, receiving about $1.3 billion annually from Washington, but Cairo has often been a troublesome ally." According to US allegations. End/ 25 zd
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