Russian Deputy prime minister in Cairo ahead of 2015 Putin Visit

Ahram Online/MENA, Tuesday 16 Dec 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: AP)

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich arrived in Cairo Monday night to prepare for Russian President Vlaidmir Putin’s visit in 2015, MENA reported.

Diplomatic sources told MENA the Russian official is to meet Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to explore ways of cooperation in the economy and investment sectors.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Moscow in August, and announced plans for cooperation between both countries in the trade, energy, economy and investment sectors.

He also paid a visit to Moscow as a defense minister and army chief in February.

Russia provides Egypt's tourism industry – significantly hammered by three years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising – with over 40 percent of its European tourists.

Russia and Egypt have reportedly reached a preliminary deal in September for Cairo to buy arms worth $3.5 billion from Moscow.

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