What’s Behind the Partnership between Russia and Egypt?

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Dimitar Bechev

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/whats-behind-the-partnership-between-russia-and-egypt/

On December 9, 2021, Russia and Egypt launched a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Alexandria. The Russian navy deployed the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, a mainstay of its Mediterranean Squadron, part of the Black Sea Fleet, along with a patrol ship and a rescue boat. Egypt contributed a frigate, two corvettes, and a support vessel. Coming in the wake of a new cooperation protocol signed by the two countries’ defense ministers back in August, the drill highlights Moscow and Egypt’s ever closer relations. Indeed, since the 2013 military takeover and rise to power of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ties have burgeoned, spanning diplomacy, security and defense, and the economy. 

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