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Egypt to buy large amount of advanced weapons from Moscow: Russian Defence Ministry

Egypt has been fighting an Islamist militant insurgency in North Sinai

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Nov 2015
Putin and El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt plans to buy large amounts of modern and advanced weapons from Russia, the Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered federal service for military-technical cooperation to rapidly respond to an Egyptian request to buy armaments, Russian Interfax agency reported.

It’s not yet known what type of weapons Egypt plans to buy.

Shoigu’s announcement comes after a two-day visit to Egypt, where he met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday in Cairo. The meeting was attended by the Egyptian defence minister, the Russian deputy defence minister, and the Russian ambassador to Cairo.

During his meeting with El-Sisi, the Russian defence minister said Russia appreciates Egypt’s role in achieving security and stability in the region, according to a statement released by the Egyptian presidency.

He also affirmed that Russia is keen to continue cooperation with Egypt in all areas, especially in the military field, highlighting the importance of unified efforts by the international community in combating terrorism.

Russian news agency TASS quoted the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, who said that Russia will respond in coming weeks to Egypt’s armaments and combat hardware requests.

"The plan is that we must give an answer to all the requests of our Egyptian friends in the coming weeks," Antonov said.

The Russian defence minister and his Egyptian counterpart agreed to maintain close contact and keep the issues of military and technical cooperation "under personal control," Antonov said.

Russian media reports said earlier that Russia may sign a deal with Egypt for the delivery of Kamov Ka-52K helicopters developed for the Mistral-class amphibious ships and the corresponding equipment. Chief of the Kremlin Staff Sergey Ivanov said the sum of the deal might exceed $1 billion.The Russian delegation’s visit comes less than a week after the two countries signed the Dabaa nuclear plant deal, which involves the building of four third-generation reactors in Egypt.

Egypt is carrying out an investigation into the crash of a Russian airliner that was downed in central Sinai on 31 October, killing all 224 people on board. Cairo has accepted Russian participation in the inquiry.

Russia claims that a bomb caused the crash, but Egyptian authorities have not confirmed this, saying the investigation is ongoing.

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27-11-2015 06:23am
Trading places
"An African country suffering economic collapse and social meltdown plans to buy large amounts of modern and advanced weapons from Russia" This used to be the headline describing backward tribal sub-Saharan African countries with government dictators and corrupt armies. These sub-Saharan corrupt countries are now growing their economies, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and democracies. Guess who is taking their place in the same headline today?
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Al, Masri
25-11-2015 03:07pm
Kiss our kids goodbye before we perish
It is irrefutable fact; this Egyptian Government is the dumbest and most irresponsible cabinet Egypt ever had. Either they are blind to the economic conditions of the country and collapse of every civilian sector, or they are embarking on a massive suicidal mission to wipe out whatever left of the country. Egypt doesn’t even have enough money left to buy basic foods for 3 months without begging from Saudi and Kuwait every 3 months; now they’re buying more advanced arms? If the greedy addicts who run the army don’t care, how does the cabinet allow them to suck the remaining drops of the Egyptian people, how does Sisi sleep at night knowing that 40 million Egyptian people sleep hungry at night and he authorize this travesty? If this government is planning a mass suicide mission following the collapse of Tourism, Canal, Export, Currency, and Morals let us know so we can kiss our kids goodbye before we perish!
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