Egypt says it will host Russian troops this month for joint military exercises at the coastal city of El-Alamein, the latest step in the two countries’ rapprochement. The army says in a Tuesday statement that the training exercises, called “Guardians of Friendship,” will take place between Oct. 15 and 26 and include “elite units” as well as vehicles from both sides.
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Egypt has increased cooperation with Russia under the leadership of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former army leader who overthrew his elected but predecessor in 2013.
In May 2015, Cairo announced a $25 billion Russian loan for a joint project to build a nuclear power plant.
Relations soured, however, after militants brought down a Russian passenger plane in Sinai last October, killing all 224 on board.
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