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Visiting Egyptian president turns to Russia to combat terrorism

  • Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, enters a hall for his talks  with  Russian President Vladimir Putin  in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Egyptian president is visiting Moscow in a bid to revive relations with Russia which were traditionally warm in the Soviet times. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, enters a hall for his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Egyptian president is visiting Moscow in a bid to revive relations with Russia which were traditionally warm in the Soviet times. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Egyptian president is visiting Moscow in a bid to revive relations with Russia which were traditionally warm in the Soviet times. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Egyptian president is visiting Moscow in a bid to revive relations with Russia which were traditionally warm in the Soviet times. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, making his second visit to Moscow in three months, says he hopes for Russia's help in combating terrorism in the region.

El-Sissi's visit highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Opening the talks in the Kremlin on Wednesday, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

Putin and el-Sissi are also expected to hammer out the details of a joint project to build Egypt's first nuclear power station.