The Russian government has published a draft agreement expanding military cooperation between Russia and Egypt to the next level. According to the published draft, both countries will be able to use each other’s air space and air bases for their military planes.
The government decree was signed on November 28. It orders the Russian Defense Ministry to hold negotiations with Egypt and to sign the document once both sides reach an agreement. The decree said the draft had been “preliminary worked through with the Egyptian side” and approved by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Cairo for talks with the country’s political and military leadership on November 29.
Earlier this year, rumors appeared that Russia may get a military base in Egypt and has deployed special forces in the country, near its border with Libya. The both allegations have not been officially confirmed.