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Russia strikes missile deal with Egypt: Report

The Russian Technologies chief did not provide further information on the missile deal

AP , Monday 18 Nov 2013
Egypt's Army Chief and Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets with Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence in Cairo in this picture taken and released by the Ministry of Defence on November 14, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The head of Russia's state-controlled industrial holding company says Moscow has signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defense missile systems.

Monday's statement by Russian Technologies chief Sergei Chemezov followed last week's trip to Egypt by Russia's foreign and defense ministriesChemezov, whose comments were carried by state RIA Novosti news agency, wouldn't elaborate on the missile deal.

He said that Egypt also expressed interest in other Russian weapons, including combat planes and helicopters, but has funding problems. He said Egypt could ask Russian for a loan to finance the weapons deals.

The deal comes as US-Egyptian relations have been strained over Washington's criticism of the 3 July ouster of Mohamed MorsiThe Soviet Union armed Egypt for decades at the height of the Cold War and Egypt's wars with Israel.

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