Russian military delegation leaves Cairo for Turkey
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A Russian military delegation of three people left Cairo to Turkey Wednesday after they discussed military cooperation with Egypt, Youm7 reported.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and a 36-member delegation met with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and senior Egyptian officials Tuesday to discuss the security situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Egypt has declared that “Syrian institutions” should be preserved.

Russian-Turkish relations soured after Ankara downed a Russian warplane Tuesday near the Syrian border on grounds that the jet violated its air space, but Moscow denied the plane left the Syrian airspace.

After President Vladimir Putin warned of “serious consequences,” Shoigu said Russia would send S-400 air defense system to its air base in Syria, Reuters reported.

Turkey has objected to Russia’s military intervention in Syria, saying that it targets the Syrian opposition and civilians, not just the Islamic State group (IS.) Putin has also accused Turkey of funding IS.

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