Russian Paratroopers to Hold Anti-terrorist Exercises in Egypt

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.

Russian paratroopers carry out a jump onto a drifting ice pack
Russian paratroopers carry out a jump onto a drifting ice pack

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.

Slava-class Guided Missile Cruiser Moskva taking part in Friendship Bridge 2015.
Slava-class Guided Missile Cruiser Moskva taking part in Friendship Bridge 2015.

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.

 

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.