Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with the ruling leaders of Sudan on April 16.
During the recent clashes in Sudan, social media users claimed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with the ruling leaders of Sudan on April 16.
The claim is circulating with a photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sudan's acting Foreign Minister, Ali al-Sadiq.
Misbar investigated the viral claim and found it to be fake.
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov did not meet the ruling leaders of Sudan today, as claimed.
The latest published news was on February 9, 2023, during the last visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Sudan.
The photo circulating along with the claim also dates back to February 9, 2023.
The photo that shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sudan's acting Foreign Minister, Ali al-Sadiq, was released by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service.
The photo was uploaded to the AP’s article about the meeting at the time.
Sergey Lavrov Met Sudan’s Officials
Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, met with Sudanese officials on February 9 as part of a visit to Africa to increase his country's influence at a time when Western countries are trying to isolate Moscow with sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the state news agency SUNA, Lavrov arrived in Khartoum with the intention of strengthening bilateral commercial relations, particularly in the area of infrastructure. Lavrov’s tour has also included Iraq, Mauritania and Mali, and last week he visited South Africa.
According to Hiba Morgan of Al Jazeera, the planned trip is a result of the two countries' increasing cooperation in recent years.
Fierce Clashes in Sudan
As the battle between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reached its second day in the nation's capital, Khartoum, the Sudanese Doctors Union said that at least 56 civilians had been killed and 595 others, including soldiers, had been injured.
The conflicts come in the wake of escalating tensions over the proposed integration of the RSF in the military. The signing of an international agreement with political parties on a transition to democracy has been postponed due to the disagreement.
According to the Reuters news agency, heavy artillery was fired across the capital and surroundings.
“Fighter jets were witnessed in several districts, seeming to target RSF locations using air strikes,” Al Jazeera reporter said. “We can see plumes of smoke where those strikes have been carried out.”