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Russia's Putin To Visit Egypt Next Week

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Egypt on February 9-10 to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues in the Middle East.

The Kremlin said on February 4 that Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would discuss the situation in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The parties also plan to discuss "prospects for the development of the entire range of Russian-Egyptian relations, including in the political, trade-economic, and humanitarian fields."

Egypt, the second-largest buyer of Russian wheat, has been hit by Moscow's decision to curb grain exports as it seeks to cool domestic prices amid an economic crisis.

Russia, the world's second-largest arms exporter, is also seeking to boost military ties with Egypt.

Putin's relations with the United States and EU are severely strained over Russia's interference in Ukraine.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax