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‘Egypt signs missile deal with Russia’

Cairo also looking to purchase fighter planes and other military hardware from Moscow, says Russian official

A military attack helicopter flies near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra/File)
A military attack helicopter flies near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra/File)

MOSCOW — The head of Russia’s state-controlled industrial holding company says Moscow has signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defense missile systems.

Monday’s statement by Russian Technologies chief Sergei Chemezov followed last week’s trip to Egypt by Russia’s foreign and defense ministries.

Chemezov, whose comments were carried by state RIA Novosti news agency, wouldn’t elaborate on the missile deal.

He said that Egypt also expressed interest in other Russian weapons, including combat planes and helicopters, but has funding problems. He said Egypt could ask Russian for a loan to finance the weapons deals.

The deal comes as US-Egyptian relations have been strained over Washington’s criticism of the July 3 military coup.

The Soviet Union armed Egypt for decades at the height of the Cold War and Egypt’s wars with Israel.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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