Yemen Ready to Open Bases to Russia to Fight Terrorism

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Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh said the new government in the country is ready to cooperate with Russia against terrorism by allowing Russian access to Yemeni military bases.

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Russian President Vladimir Putin

“Russia is the closest to us and we extend our hand to Russia to cooperate in the field of combating terrorism,” Saleh said in an interview with state-run Russia 24 TV channel on Sunday.

He said Yemen was ready to open the country’s military bases to Russia.

“We provide all the facilities in our bases, airports and sea ports. We are ready to provide all facilities to the Russian Federation,” he said.

He said, however, that such cooperation would not mean Russia would be fighting alongside Yemeni forces against Saudi forces waging war on Yemen.

Furthermore, Saleh rejected claims that Iran is interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs.

He said Saudi Arabia had launched the war on Yemen under the…

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