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Egypt, Russia to negotiate on helicopters for Mistral warships

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Feb 2016

Egyptian trade minister Tareq Qabil said that Russia and Egypt are planning to negotiate over the delivery of helicopters to equip the Mistral aircraft carriers Egypt bought from France, Spuntik reported.

"This is within the defence ministry's purview, but I think that talks on this topic will be held," Qabil said in an interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The Kremlin had announced in October that it would sell Egypt helicopters and other equipment worth over $1 billion to outfit the two Mistral carriers Egypt received as part of a deal with France earlier the same month.

The Mistral aircraft carriers were initially built to be sold to Russia, but the deal was terminated by France over the Ukraine crisis.

The carriers are expected to arrive in the summer of this year.

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