Russian defense, foreign ministers to visit Egypt to discuss arms deals after US cut aid

The spokesman at Egypt's Foreign Ministry says Russia's foreign and defense ministers are visiting Egypt next week to discuss what Russia's official news agency says could be an arms deal.

Badr AbdelAtty said Friday that the ministers will visit Egypt on Nov. 13 for a two-day trip aimed at discussing bilateral relations. On Thursday, state RIA Novosti news agency said that the delegation will negotiate possible weapons deals.

The visit comes less than a month after the United States decided to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Egypt, one of the strongest U.S. allies in the Mideast. The U.S. decision came over the popularly backed July 3 military coup toppled President Mohammed Morsi.