The newspaper reports that they are related to Cairo’s plans to buy Russian Su-35 fighters
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary mark Esper warned Egypt of possible sanctions in connection with Cairo’s intention to purchase Russian Su-35 fighter jets.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a letter of warning was sent to Egyptian defense Minister Mohammed Ahmed Zaki.
It notes that Egypt’s deal to buy Russian Su-35 will complicate the provision of military assistance to the country from the United States, in connection with which Pompeo and Esper urged the Egyptian Minister to abandon it.
In late June, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Russia’s readiness to help Egypt strengthen security and maintain stability in the region.