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Russia, Egypt to discus MiG-35 fighter jets deal in October: Agency

Deal with Russia comes amid speculation that Egypt may be reducing its military cooperation with the United States

Ahram Online, Monday 29 Sep 2014
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File Photo: A MiG-35 jet performs a low pass during the MAKS-2009 international air show in Zhukovsky, Russia on August 21, 2009 (Photo: Reuters)
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Russia plans to hold talks in Egypt next month over the latter’s planned purchase of MiG-35 fighter jets, reported Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Monday.

“They [Egyptian representatives] visited our corporation. We hope that we will be invited to technical talks next month,” Director-General of Russia’s Aircraft Corporation MiG Sergei Korotkov said.

The deal, which is reportedly worth LE21 billion ($3 billion), was reported in February amid suggestions Egypt is aiming to reduce its military cooperation with the US, whose ties with the North African country took a turn after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.

In an interview during the last presidential election, however, Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, stressed that Egypt has always had strong ties with Russia and that this does not affect cooperation with the US.

Since signing a peace treaty with Israel in 1970, Egypt has been receiving some LE9.1 billion ($1.3 billion) in annual US military aid. Egypt had strong ties with Russia in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Soviet Union was the main supplier of arms to Egypt until the early 1970s.

After Morsi's ouster, the United States held the delivery of Apache helicopters but decided to lift its ban in April. The attack aircrafts are yet to be delivered, with El-Sisi calling on the US to send them in a recent televised interview with American station, CBS.

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Allen
30-09-2014 01:24am
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Isn't it nice to have other options to go to.
No dependence on an unreliable Obama what so ever.
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NewEgypt123
29-09-2014 07:21pm
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Make Your Own
I believe it is always good to diversify suppliers. However, I hope that one day Egyptians can make their own planes and equipment. That is the goal that needs to be worked towards. Egypt should ask for transfers of technology and joint ventures in the production and manufacture of equipment so that in the future it will be able to make its own equipment.
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Sam Enslow
29-09-2014 05:26pm
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Good that Egypt can make its own arms purchases
It is good that Egypt is able to afford to purchase its own arms. It gives more independence of action to Egypt and, at the same time, frees US taxpayers of the expense of supplying free arms to Egypt. Everyone wins.
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