Egypt, Russia to carry out military maneuvers in Mediterranean in 2016
Egyptian Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt and Russia agreed to carry out military maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea and counterterrorism exercises next year amid Egyptian Minister of Defense Sedki  Sobhi’s visit to Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday.

Both sides agreed to perform military exercises with the Immediate Intervention Forces in the Mediterranean Sea, affirming the necessity to boost cooperation between Cairo and Moscow, a statement published in the Russian Agency of Ria Novosti said.

The Russian Minister of Defense Gen. Sergei Shoigu announced that both countries will sign a number of cooperation protocols on the military level.

Russian Beyond Headlines reported that Cairo and Moscow would sign military-technological agreements. “We are holding the first meeting of the Russian-Egyptian Military-Technological Cooperation Commission today. We will sum up results of the previous year, map out cooperation priorities and sign documents drawn up by our experts,” the newspaper quoted the minister.

Sobhi flew to Russia Saturday in a visit that may last for several days to discuss military cooperation between both sides, the Egyptian Ministry of Defense stated Saturday.

On Feb. 10, Russian President Putin, who recently paid a two-day visit to Cairo, signed with his Egyptian counterpart agreements in fields of power, nuclear energy, agriculture and industry. It was also agreed between both leaders that Russia would build the first nuclear power plant in Egypt.

During a 2-day visit to Moscow in February 2014, 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.


  Additional reporting by Mo’men Mokhtar

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