Russia’s President Vladimir Putin received a high-level welcome in Cairo last week. Putin is the first leader of a major power to visit Egypt since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s arrival into power. At the same time, it is the Russian leader’s first foreign visit in 2015 and the second visit to Egypt as president. The previous visit took place 10 years ago, in April 2005, when Egypt was still under the rule of Mubarak. As for Sisi, he visited Russia twice in 2014.
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