Why Egypt Rolled Out The Red Carpet For Putin
Vladimir Putin's two-day visit to Egypt offers Russia's beleaguered president a chance to show he's not completely isolated on the world stage.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | February 10, 2015
It was a hero’s welcome. A 21-gun salute, a military parade, a red carpet. You name it, Vladimir Putin got it. (Video via ERTU)
Labeling him a "hero of our times," the pages of Egypt's flagship newspaper were filled with photos of Russia's often bare-chested president ahead of his two-day visit to Cairo.
Officially, the visit is all about strengthening political and economic ties between the two countries. There's a $3.5 billion arms deal on the table and a trade agreement for Putin to discuss with his counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.