Egypt Foreign Ministry protested on Saturday to Moscow, after a Russian state-affiliated broadcaster organized a survey over ownership of a disputed Red sea border triangle claimed by Sudan
In a statement Egypt said that “the Foreign Ministry contacted the Russian side on the morning of Saturday May 12th to express its strong condemnation of the opinion poll conducted by the Russian government-affiliated channel, and demanded an urgent explanation for this unacceptable conduct”.
Egypt has demanded an explanation from Russia about the opinion poll, which was aired by state-controlled broadcaster Russia Today on its Arabic news channel on Friday.
The protest came ahead of a meeting in Moscow between the foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Egypt expected on Monday.
The Egyptian foreign ministry added that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had cancelled an interview he was planning to grant to Russia Today on Saturday, ahead of Monday’s meeting.
The Halayeb triangle, which is controlled by Egypt, has been claimed by Sudan since 1958. Cairo says it is Egyptian territory and it has long been a source of contention between the two neighbors.
Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been further strained in recent months by Khartoum’s support for Ethiopia over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building which Egypt fears will restrict its water access.