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Putin Meets With Egypt's Sissi in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on August 12 with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, in Sochi.

Russian news agencies said the two were due to discuss economic cooperation, as well as regional and international issues.

Sissi earlier arrived in Sochi on his first official visit to Russia as president and was immediately shown a selection of Russian military hardware for sale.

The weapons, including armored vehicles and missile systems, were displayed at the airport in Sochi.

The reports said the former Egyptian army chief "listened attentively" to explanations of the weapons systems' potential.

Russia has been seeking through military and economic cooperation to expand its influence with Egypt, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS