Russian and Egyptian military aircraft would be able to use each other’s air space and airfields by giving five days advance notice, according to the new draft agreement signed between Russia and Egypt, which is expected to be valid for five years and could be extended.
Egytian Air Bases
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government has expanded military ties with Russia and signed deals to buy Russian fighter jets, helicopters and other weapons.
Egypt plans to acquire 46 units of MiG-35 from Russia
Russia launched a military operation to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015 and it plans expand its military presence in the Middle East.
Egypt was Moscow’s closest Arab ally in the 1950s and 1960s, when nationalist leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser turned away from the United States and secured Soviet backing. Nasser’s successor, Anwar Sadat, broke ties with Moscow and evicted Soviet military advisers.