Egypt, Russia Launch Joint Drill to Enhance Military Cooperation

Part of the ‘Defenders of Friendship’ drill held in Cairo until October 29 (Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman)
Part of the ‘Defenders of Friendship’ drill held in Cairo until October 29 (Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman)
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Egypt, Russia Launch Joint Drill to Enhance Military Cooperation

Part of the ‘Defenders of Friendship’ drill held in Cairo until October 29 (Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman)
Part of the ‘Defenders of Friendship’ drill held in Cairo until October 29 (Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman)

Egypt has strengthened its remarkable military cooperation with Russia by launching a new military drill including elements of the Egyptian paratroopers and the Russian Airborne Forces.

The 5th edition of the annual ‘Defenders of Friendship’ drill continues till 29 October at the East Cairo airbase.

It aims to boost strategic cooperation between the Egyptian Armed Forces and Russian counterparts in various fields, the Egyptian Armed Forces announced.

It also aims at exchanging experiences and modern combat tactics between the two countries.

The relationship between Russia and Egypt revived after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office in 2014.

The two countries inked several military and economic cooperation agreements, and Moscow started building a nuclear power plant for electrical generation in the Dabaa area in northwest Egypt.

At the military level, Russia sought to modernize the Egyptian military arsenal and to equip it with Russian weapons within the framework of the plan to diversify the sources of armament that the Egyptian leadership had announced.

Also, 30 percent of Russian-made weapons that Egypt received in the 1950’s and 1960’s are currently still operational.

In recent years, the military cooperation between Egypt and Russia has focused on supporting the capabilities of the Egyptian air defense, by modernizing its short-range air defense system to a Tor-M2 missile system and its medium-range air defense system to a Buk-M2 system.

Military cooperation between the two countries also witnessed joint exercises of parachute units under the “Defenders of Friendship” drill.



Borrell: War in Middle East on Brink of Expanding

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives to take part in a Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort, near Lucerne in central Switzerland, on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives to take part in a Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort, near Lucerne in central Switzerland, on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
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Borrell: War in Middle East on Brink of Expanding

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives to take part in a Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort, near Lucerne in central Switzerland, on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives to take part in a Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort, near Lucerne in central Switzerland, on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

European foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that the Middle East was close to seeing the conflict expanding into Lebanon just days after Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah threatened EU member Cyprus.

"The risk of this war effecting the south of Lebanon and spilling over is every day bigger," Borrell told reporters ahead of a foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg. "We are on the eve of the war expanding."

The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Wednesday that nowhere in Israel would be safe if a full-fledged war breaks out between the two foes, and also threatened EU member Cyprus for the first time and other parts of the Mediterranean.

"The Cypriot government must be warned that opening Cypriot airports and bases for the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon means that the Cypriot government has become part of the war and the resistance (Hezbollah) will deal with it as part of the war," Nasrallah added.