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Russia negotiates deal for its warplanes to use Egypt bases

The directive was signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [Getty]

Date of publication: 30 November, 2017

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Russian PM approves draft deal with Egypt that would allow Russian warplanes to use Egyptian military bases.
The Russian prime minister has approved a draft agreement with Egypt that will allow Russian warplanes to use Egyptian air bases.

The deal will allow Moscow to increase its foothold in North Africa and the Middle East.

A directive signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that was published on the official legal portal on Thursday endorsed the draft prepared by Russia's Defence Ministry and instructed it to sign the deal with Egypt when it's ready.

The Russia-Egypt agreement will allow each country's warplanes to use the military airstrips of the other. It is to last for five years and could be extended further.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government has expanded military ties with Russia and signed deals to buy Russian fighter jets, helicopters and other weapons.

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