Russian paratroopers will hold anti-terrorist exercises in Egypt, according to the paratroopers’ press service. Earlier in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and agreed to increase military, security, trade and economic cooperation.
Last June, both countries held naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea. A first in the history of both countries’ cooperation, the exercise codenamed Friendship Bridge 2015 was an eight-day exercise to cover supply and communications at sea, search and rescue operations, as well as all forms of defence at sea and included firing exercises. During the exercise, Russian and Egyptian Navy ships performed protection tasks over sea routes against different kinds of threats.
“The first joint anti-terrorist exercises are planned in Egypt in October-November. [The exercises] have been included in the international operations plan and organizational and financial issues are currently being concluded,” the press service said.
The anti-terrorist exercises comes after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced last August that Russia is strengthening its military ties with Egypt to boost its defence capabilities, including dealing with the threat of terrorism.