CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will fly to Moscow May 9 to participate in a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Russian end of World War II (WWII), according to media reports.
Russian Izvestia said Egypt is one of more than 30 countries invited to attend the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s capitulation to the Soviet Union.
Bilateral relations between Russia and Egypt have deepened politically, military and economically; the strengthened ties began when Sisi was the Minister of Defense during the former interim government, and he signed a $2 billion weapons deal with Russia following the partial suspension of U.S. military aid to Egypt in 2013. Sisi also paid Moscow a visit in August as a President.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Cairo in early February, announcing with Sisi in a news conference a number of agreements in the nuclear, agriculture, and tourism fields.
Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu invited his Egyptian counterpart Sedqi Sobhi to participate in a Russian military forum in June, Youm7 reported Friday.
Russia will supply Egypt with an Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system and training for more than $1 billion in 2016, a source close to the Moscow’s military told Russian news agency TASS Friday.
Following the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh on March 13-15, Kirill Dmitriev, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Investment Fund announced Sunday night that Russian Investments in Egypt reached $7 billion.