Cairo is considering deliveries of Russian arms, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti ahead of a Russian delegation's visit.
Nabil Fahmy said in an interview with RT television channel that “the issue of purchasing new Russian weapons should be carefully examined,” confirming the issue is under consideration in the Egyptian government.
Russia's defense and foreign ministers will travel to Cairo on Wednesday for a landmark two-day visit to discuss arms sales and political relations.
Earlier media reports indicated that Egypt, which has not bought Russian weapons since the early 1970s, is considering spending at least $4 billion on advanced weaponry from Russia.
The rumors circulating about Egypt turning to Russia for military assistance to meet its security needs follow the partial suspension of military aid and equipment deliveries from the United States.
Rosoboronexport official told RIA Novosti last week that new weaponry deliveries to Egypt would depend on the country’s ability to pay for them.
European Union (EU) Nations have decided to suspend export licenses of military equipment and technology to Egypt which might be used for internal repression. The decision comes days after the U
India and Egypt have agreed to set up a framework to improve defense ties between the two nations during a meeting between visiting Egyptian Defence Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al Sisi and Indian Defence Minister A
The German Government reaffirmed its commitment to Israel and Egypt over the supply of two submarines. The statement comes following speculation of a rift between the two countries
The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of three C295 aircraft. The aircraft are to be delivered from 2011 and will be used to increase the Egyptian Air Force’s capacity in tactical and logistic transport
Goodrich has been awarded a $10.84 million contract for one DB110 reconnaissance pod system for use on the F-16C/D Block 50/52 fighter aircraft being purchased by the Egyptian Air Force
Russia and Egypt have initialed arms contracts worth $3.5 billion, head of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin said Wednesday
Egypt and Russia have reached an initial agreement on how to implement a new arms delivery deal worth over $3 billion. According to Vedomosti newspaper, at the meeting the two sides initialed or signed contracts for the delivery of MiG-29M/M2 Fulcrum fighter jets, air defense missile complexes, Mi-35 helicopters, coastal anti-ship complexes, light weapons and ammunition
The Russian delegates visit to Egypt has marked a revival of large-scale military cooperation with the recent offering made by Russia to sell modern helicopters and air defence systems in a deal worth US$2 billion. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that military collaboration was discussed in talks between Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Egyptian counterpart General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi but gave no further details
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