Egypt, Russia to discuss MiG-35 jets deal in Oct.: agency
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) - REUTERS

CAIRO: Egypt and Russia will hold talks in Egypt in October over a MiG-35 fighter jets deal that Egypt will purchase, said Russian ITAR-TASS News Agency reported Monday.

“They (Egyptian representatives) visited our corporation. We hope that we will be invited at technical talks next month,” ITAR-TASS quoted Director-General of Russia’s Aircraft Corporation MiG Sergei Korotkov

He added that his country would provide Egypt with 24 MiG-29 jets in accordance with agreements previously signed between both sides.

On Sept. 17, Interfax news quoted head of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin saying both countries reached a 3.5-billion-dollar deal under which Cairo will buy arms.

Russian defense industry official Sergei Chemezov told RIA Novosti earlier that arms exports to Egypt would include deliveries of small arms, air defense systems and artillery.

During his 2-day visit to Moscow in February, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed the purchase of a $2 billion weapons deal including anti-tank missile systems, military transport helicopters and gunships and MiG-29 fighter jets.

Egyptian government officials told Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper in November that Saudi Arabia and the Emirates will fund the deal.

Earlier this month, Egypt’s Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi and the deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met to discuss the bilateral military relations, according to the Facebook page of the Egyptian Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

Egypt has made a number of moves to bolster its military ties with Russia after tense relations between Cairo and its long-standing ally Washington following the June 30 mass protests that led to the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

The military relations strengthened between both countries after Washington has partially suspended the U.S. military aid after the dispersal of of Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins in August 2013.

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