A leaked US intelligence document revealed that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi ordered the production of up to 40,000 rockets to be exported to Russia, the Washington Post reports. El-Sisi reportedly instructed subordinates to keep the arms sale secret “to avoid problems with the West.”
The leaked document appeared alongside several other classified US military and intelligence documents on Discord, an instant messaging platform popular with gamers. A senior Egyptian military official denied the report on Tuesday, CNN reports. US officials have denied seeing any evidence that the deal took place.
Egypt is a major recipient of US aid and has long been considered a US partner in the turbulent Middle East region. If true, the allegations that Egypt attempted to supply Russia with weapons could blow up relations between Egypt and the United States, Responsible Statecraft reports.