Military Capabilities

Russia negotiating access to Egyptian airbases

01 December 2017

The Russian government released a document on 30 November showing that it is reached a preliminary agreement with Egypt to use its “airspace and aerodrome infrastructure”.

Signed by Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev, the document authorised the Russian Ministry of Defence, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to negotiate with Egypt to refine the proposed agreement and sign it as long as the key principles remained unchanged.

In March, Reuters cited US and diplomatic sources as saying Russia appeared to have deployed special forces to Sidi Barrani Air Base in western Egypt. Moscow and Cairo refuted the report.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at

(123 words)