Russian military delegation arrives in Egypt

The delegation is headed up by a top Russian air defense commander, the sources said.

Russian military delegation arrives in Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Russian military delegation arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday, Cairo International Airport sources said.

The delegation is headed up by a top Russian air defense commander, added the source.

Details regarding the delegation's agenda in Egypt, however, remain unclear.

It is the second Russian military delegation to visit Egypt this month.

A high-level Russian military delegation led by Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev arrived in Cairo last week for an unannounced visit.

Bondarev's visit came only a few days after Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi visited Moscow, where he and Russian officials agreed to bolster bilateral military cooperation.

Last November, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both visited Cairo. It was the first such visit by a Russian defense minister to the Egyptian capital since 1971.

November's visit came amid reports of a $4 billion Russian arms export deal with Egypt.

If confirmed, the deal would represent the largest Egypt-Russia arms-purchasing agreement since former president Anwar Sadat stopped buying weapons from the then-Soviet Union in 1977 and tilted towards the United States.

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