Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said he had discussed setting up a military base on the Red Sea with the president of Russia and his defense minister, adding that he had asked to provide his country with Russian defensive weapons.
Bashir responded to Sputnik's question about whether he had discussed the establishment of a military base on the Red Sea with President Vladimir Putin, saying "yes, first with the Russian president and then with Defense Minister (Sergei Schweigau)", Now, God willing. "
"We want to develop military cooperation from an annexation to an adviser, and we have a program to fully modernize the armed forces because we have emerged from many problems and wars, so the armed forces need to arrange and modernize, and all our equipment is Russian; therefore we need advisers in this area."
"When we use the equipment, of course, we need trainers and advisers. The Red Sea is a very important and very vital corridor, and for us it is an entrance to Sudan. A loophole for Sudan, a security threat to our coast, is a dangerous fact for the country," he said. To strong protection so as not to suffocate us, we must do anything for that.
Bashir also revealed that he had asked S-30 and S-35 fighter jets from Russia to defend his country, adding that he had no objection to the S-300 air defense system's request.
Abizaid said: "We asked Sukhoi 30 because it covers us Sudanese airspace, as we asked Su-35. We have no intention to launch an external aggression, what we want is to defend our country."
Bashir said that he also asked for patrol boats, missile boats and minesweeper, "because it is possible to come any party at any time, and even if claimed allegation that the mines of the Sudanese territorial waters, it would be an economic disaster on us," noting that the presence of minesweeper important from the point of reserve To reassure other vessels used for Sudanese ports when we have mine clearance capabilities.
The Sudanese president said he did not go into the details with the Russian leaders. "But we definitely need radars and complete missile systems," he said, answering a question about the S300 system's demand. "What is objectionable, we can ask for it."
Bashir spoke during his talks in Sochi with the Russian leadership on Thursday, the need for his country to protect against "hostile American actions."
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters later that "the talk about protection came in the context of targeting, which was in the decision to stop the export of gold, which represents the first exports of Sudan."