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Russia offering Egypt helicopters, air defence systems

AFP , Friday 15 Nov 2013
Egypt-Russian Relations
This image released by the Egyptian Presidency shows interim President Adly Mansour, centre, meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, centre left, Defence Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, fourth from right, and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, third from right, in Cairo, Thursday, 14 November 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defence systems in a landmark deal reportedly worth $2 billion that would mark a revival of large-scale military cooperation, a Russian official said Friday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Egypt on Thursday seeking lucrative contracts with the government after the ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Lavrov confirmed that military collaboration was discussed in talks between Shoigu and his Egyptian counterpart General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi but gave no further details.

However Mikhail Zavaly, a senior official with Russia's arms export agency Rosoboronexport who will lead its delegation at the upcoming Dubai air show, confirmed Russia wanted to sell military hardware to Egypt.

"Now we are offering Egypt modern helicopters, air defence equipment and the modernisation of previously purchased military equipment," he told the RIA Novosti news agency.

"The word is now with our partners," he added.

He did not give further details but Russian daily Vedomosti said negotiations were ongoing about the sale of MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets, low range air defence systems and Kornet anti-tank rockets.

Citing Russian defence sources, Vedomosti said the deals were worth more than $2 billion and could be financed by Saudi Arabia, which was instrumental in the removal of Morsi.

The Soviet Union was the main supplier of arms to Egypt in the 1960s and early 1970s but cooperation declined after the peace treaty with Israel when Cairo began to enjoy generous US aid.

However Washington suspended some of its military aid to Cairo after Morsi's ousting and Zavaly confirmed that Moscow had sensed an opportunity.

"There is never a vacuum on the international arms market. If one supplier goes away, then another one appears," he told RIA Novosti.

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Aly
19-11-2013 01:04pm
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Kevin and Enslaw
You two are found in any occasion that may cause negative situation for Egypt,People of Egypt know whome you work for,just mind your own business and think about your country problems.And let me remind you again, Egypt will rise again so get lost with your aid.
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Sam Enslow
16-11-2013 12:22pm
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Cash?
The US Congress will see these purchases and think, "If Egypt can afford to buy arms from Russia, it can afford to pay for spare parts and other materials ordered from the US. Now that Egypt is willing to pay cash, it goes to a different store?" The quotes below speak about what Egypt really needs. Since Russia seeks US investments to develop its natural resources, I hope no Egyptian believes this move by Russia was not discussed in advance with the US. Anyone notice the US is not terribly upset.
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Kevin
15-11-2013 04:52pm
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Why?....
Why does Egypt need $4 billion ($2B USA and $2 Russia) worth of military aid? Who do they plan on fighting in a war? How about spending that money on cleaning up the garbage? How about spending that money to provide security? How about spending that money to clean up the ancient archaeological sites? How about spending that money to ... ?
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Guest
15-11-2013 08:23pm
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I agree 100%
and the list is endless: How about spending that money on raising educational standards, improve slum areas, help the street children....
Sissi Can
15-11-2013 07:54pm
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Real Play
Except for the archeological sites, may be you meant archeological rites, your questions contains the answers.
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