Russia to provide Egypt with military hardware, says Putin’s envoy

Russia's envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov has declared that Egypt and Russia will resume their technical military cooperation.
In a Wednesday speech at London’s Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), Margelov said Egypt and Russia will set a legal basis for the resumption and that Russia will import military hardware at costs of US$2 billion.
Margelov expressed his country’s readiness to resume cooperation with the Arab Spring countries, the Russian Ria Novosti news agency reported. He added that Russia and Egypt decided to resume the work of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Economic Cooperation.
He added that Russia’s policies toward North Africa and Middle East reflect the main principles of Russian foreign policy, which seeks achieving peace, security, stability and democracy and uniting efforts to resolve international issues. He stressed the necessity of maintaining the independence of countries and that Russia rejects regime change via foreign involvement.
Edited translation from MENA

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