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Egypt and Russia: a qualitative leap in the development of relations

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Egypt and Russia are experiencing a period of rapid convergence: this is evidenced by the visit of V.V. Putin to Cairo and the statement by the head of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, M. Sokolov, about the future resumption of air links with Egypt (probably in February). The visit of the Russian president to Cairo, along with other visits to Turkey and Syria, symbolizes Russia's return to regional politics.


Egypt and Russia: a qualitative leap in the development of relations


"The blitz visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the three Middle Eastern countries 11 December symbolizes how quickly Russia was able to regain the influence it had in the region," concluded Hamidreza Azizi on the website of the International Discussion Club. "Valdai". - Visits to Cairo and Ankara to a certain extent eclipsed Putin’s unannounced visit to the Russian Khmeimim airbase, where he ordered the withdrawal of part of the Russian contingent from Syria. However, this does not mean that visits to Cairo and Ankara were of less importance in the regional policy of Moscow. ”

The visit of President Vladimir Putin to Cairo should be viewed in the light of the mutual interests of the parties, says Ashraf Al-Sabbag, the author of analytical material in the Egyptian edition of Tahrir News. President Putin’s visit to Cairo "took place against the backdrop of an exceptional situation in the region, a downturn in Russian-American relations, and a political" marathon "between Cairo and Moscow, where both parties seek to protect their interests as much as possible in accordance with the instruments they possess, quoting "InoSMI" the author.

Cairo was Putin’s second stop after visiting Hmeimim’s military base in Syria. Analysts believe that, judging by Putin’s tour (Syria, Egypt, Turkey), the following conclusion must be made: Egypt’s role in solving important political issues was emphasized. Among the latter is listed the Palestinian problem, the crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen. This important role is explained by the realism of Cairo’s foreign policy. “On the one hand,” the author notes, “Russia desperately needs to confirm its victory in Syria and leave a dangerous and narrow circle of countries, including Iran, Turkey and the Assad regime.” On the other hand, it needs new political agreements to give impetus to the negotiation process in Astana and to receive broad support for its initiative - the so-called Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which will take place in the Russian resort town of Sochi, which was announced twice, after which the congress was postponed to an unspecified time limit In addition, Moscow needs to open new channels in North Africa in general and in Libya in particular, to look for "permanent" bridgeheads in the northern Mediterranean, west of the Red Sea and, possibly, to the east of it. "

Egypt’s security cooperation with Russia, including the fight against terrorism, has continued for many years. And everything indicates that in the upcoming period this cooperation “is waiting for a qualitative leap.” Why? Cairo, the analyst writes, is open to security cooperation and seeks to diversify external relations and the range of countries supplying weapon.

In turn, Russia seeks to expand its influence in regional crises in the course of “the natural struggle with the rest of the capitalist powers,” proceeding from its own interests.

An important author is also the question of restoring air traffic between Moscow and Cairo, including regular and charter flights to Egyptian resorts.

Recall that the reason for the suspension of flights between Russia and Egypt was a terrorist attack aboard a Kogalymavia company flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. The tragedy happened more than two years ago, in the fall of 2015. Negotiations on the resumption of communications took a long time. Finally, the Ministry of Transport of Russia and the Ministry of Civil aviation The ARE signed the relevant protocol, which established: the task of monitoring the safety of passengers at the airport lies with the specialists of the Russian legal entity authorized by Rosaviatsia. True, while we are talking about flights only to Cairo, since the airport of the capital is recognized as safe. With flights to the resorts of the Red Sea have to wait.

Expert Anton Mardasov said in an interview "Moskovsky Komsomol"that this solution can be called somewhat premature. “It is unlikely that this will affect the decision to resume sales of tours to Egypt on a previous scale, since no one has yet spoken about flying to resort regions. In addition, if we consider that only Russia stopped flights with Egypt, and there were terrorist attacks in many European capitals, we cannot say that we run any particular risk, ”the Mardasov edition quotes. However, Mardasov added:

“What kind of security can we talk about if more than two hundred people were killed in Egypt just a month ago?” Until now, people who blew up our plane have not been caught and arrested; all information is still only indirect. Finally, you need to understand that whole groups of terrorists in Sinai operate, there are more than 12 thousands of them. If our government believes that in such conditions you can send people to Egypt, then this is a strange decision. ”


In fact, we note, the government is in no hurry to "send people to Egypt."

Recall that Moscow’s readiness to resume its air service with Cairo was announced by President Putin himself on December 11. The statement was made following the talks of the president with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

According to V. V. Putin, a protocol on the resumption of air links between the two capitals may be signed in the near future. The president referred to data from the security services: “The Russian security services reported to me that, in general, we are ready to open direct flights between Moscow and Cairo.” According to Putin, "the Egyptian side has done a lot of work to improve the level of security at airports."

According to the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov, who quotes Newsru.com, it will be possible to resume flights in February 2018. “I will give a cautious forecast: in early February,” noted Sokolov.

As you can see, we are talking only about the air traffic between the two capitals. And Russian tourism experts have already stated that the resumption of Moscow’s message to Cairo will not affect the Russian tourism market, since Russians prefer direct flights to the country's resorts.

Thus, it is hardly worth talking about the government’s “weird decision”. In addition, no one will send people to Egypt by force. There are enough resorts, and the situation in the corresponding region is tense almost everywhere. Nowhere did not go away, for example, the problem of terrorist attacks in Turkey. It’s not a fact that Islamist terrorists will not arrange another tragedy somewhere in the center of Europe on New Year’s Eve.

The imminent resumption of air links with Egypt in a geopolitical context should be recognized as one of the steps for Russia's regionalization and strengthening its role not only in the fight against terrorism, but also in economic activity. And it is not without reason that Egyptian analysts speak of a “qualitative leap” in the development of cooperation between Moscow and Cairo. The visit of the Russian president to Cairo and the adopted joint decisions truly symbolize the return of Russia to the region, pointed out by Arab experts.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. elenagromova
    elenagromova 21 December 2017 15: 05
    +1
    In general, they reconciled with Erdogan - so the flight connection was restored in a matter of days. And Egypt - well, how else should he apologize? By the way, Erdogashka continues to put sticks in our wheels - Turkey voted for the GA resolution on the Crimea. Egypt even abstained.
    1. Chertt
      Chertt 21 December 2017 17: 26
      +2
      Russia is actively returning to the Greater Middle East. And one fulcrum, Syria is not enough. Therefore, Egypt, from all points of view, military, technical, political, economic, etc., can become our strategic ally in the region
    2. Cxnumx
      Cxnumx 22 December 2017 06: 32
      +1
      elenagromova, the difference in money, as always. gas supplies and the construction of a nuclear power plant will bring more money than the sale of grain and some military transactions (Egypt, like many others, buys far more than just Russia).
      1. Grandfather
        Grandfather 22 December 2017 08: 54
        +1
        Egypt and Russia: a qualitative leap in the development of relations
        and where did they jump? what
        1. TRex
          TRex 22 December 2017 10: 14
          +2
          Yes, they didn’t jump anywhere ... In my opinion, Egypt is ready for anything, even to provide air and naval bases for the Russian Armed Forces - if only to return the lost billions with the departure of the Russian tourist. But we must remember how Comrade A. Sadat turned us around ... And how much did they swell into this Egypt? What Aswan Dam alone is worth ... And how many of our weapons, how many equipment did these warriors prosral?
          I'm not vindictive. Just evil and my memory is good.
          1. alexsipin
            alexsipin 23 December 2017 11: 37
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            Quote: TRex
            And how much did they swell in this Egypt? What Aswan Dam alone is worth ... And how many of our weapons, how many equipment did these warriors prosral?

            Treat Egypt more easily as an intermediary. Right now, Russia, through Egypt, is likely to receive its Mistrals. And before that, Israel through Egypt received a huge batch of good Soviet weapons. Thank you for that. Your tanks under the guise of Ahzarit are still at war. Thanks to you, Israel is the only western country using two models of tank use and the western one in the form of Merkava and the Soviet one in the form of Ahzarit. And money is just pieces of paper.
  2. mih_sergeev92
    mih_sergeev92 21 December 2017 15: 57
    +1
    In any case, we need to expand our influence in the Middle East and play ahead of the curve. Otherwise, ia will again restore a shaky position in this region. And there we will understand who, what and how.
  3. HEATHER
    HEATHER 21 December 2017 17: 04
    +2
    The practically reached agreement on the acquisition by Egypt of 40 Superjets and an undetermined number of MS-21s "inspires" optimism.
    1. high
      high 22 December 2017 16: 39
      0
      Who will pay? Egypt is a poor country .....
  4. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 21 December 2017 17: 19
    +2
    Pancake ! "Jumped" already! And "jumped" to the sadatovsky "surprise"! What ? "Once to step on a rake" will be a little?
  5. Vasya Vassin
    Vasya Vassin 21 December 2017 17: 32
    +4
    The story goes in a circle again, cuts a third or fifth loop. We are friends again, we give loans at 0 percent, we build infrastructure on them in another country, and then we write off the loan and get it under the knee. The ingenious plan to be friends for our money!
  6. Conductor
    Conductor 21 December 2017 20: 08
    +1
    It is necessary to progressively develop and not jumps))) On the Maidan, too, galloped.
  7. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 22 December 2017 17: 26
    0
    Now the Trump AlSise door will squeeze behind the show UNV against the transfer of the embassy. So, the Russians, tighten the belt. Now become and feed Egypt. This is not for you a little Syria, these are 100 of millions of population, of which 30 of millions are poor and even in peacetime get bread for free.
    1. Dart2027
      Dart2027 22 December 2017 18: 55
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      Quote: A. Privalov
      This is not for you baby- Syria

      And we feed her?
      Quote: A. Privalov
      Now the Trump AlSise door will squeeze behind the show UNV against the transfer of the embassy

      And how many countries were there against this transfer?
      1. Shahno
        Shahno 22 December 2017 19: 01
        0
        I am also somewhat surprised by the position of al Sisi. He seemed to be a little "upset." He does not know whom to please, either to Trump, or to his Arabs. He does not want the fate of his predecessors. But now it’s a lot of hot in BV.
      2. A. Privalov
        A. Privalov 22 December 2017 19: 07
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        Quote: Dart2027
        Quote: A. Privalov
        This is not for you baby- Syria

        And we feed her?
        Quote: A. Privalov
        Now the Trump AlSise door will squeeze behind the show UNV against the transfer of the embassy

        And how many countries were there against this transfer?

        Of course, feed. At leisure, ask about Russian food supplies.
        The rich countries, of course, will manage, and every shelupon will begin to look sharply for a replacement for the sponsor. Russia is a very suitable object. Today, it protects its borders in Syria, and tomorrow it will be in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq, but who knows where there will immediately be a lot of parasites and parasites. For something, you will have military bases. True, the Russians will not be able to spread them on bread. We will have to be content with the joyful awareness of helping the fraternal Arab nations, which is apparently very nutritious and useful.
        1. Dart2027
          Dart2027 22 December 2017 19: 33
          0
          Quote: A. Privalov
          Of course, feed. Take your time at leisure
          Be kind, where do we feed her?
          Quote: A. Privalov
          Rich countries, of course, will cost, and every shelupon
          Well, how many countries voted against?
          Quote: A. Privalov
          We'll have to be content with the joyful awareness of helping fraternal
          Yes, yes ... In 90, we rubbed it so eloquently, but only since then have we become a little smarter. I remember one blogger considered the cost of the operation in Syria in terms of residents of the Russian Federation - it turned out about a hundred rubles a month.
          And in general, in the place of the inhabitants of Israel, I would seriously think about why Trump needed it at all. Considering the fact that the DAISH project is unlikely to be implemented, it seems that the United States is going to force you to work out the money that it is investing in Israel, this, by the way, also concerns the issue of sponsors.
          1. A. Privalov
            A. Privalov 22 December 2017 20: 53
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            Quote: Dart2027
            Quote: A. Privalov
            Of course, feed. Take your time at leisure
            Be kind, where do we feed her?
            Quote: A. Privalov
            Rich countries, of course, will cost, and every shelupon
            Well, how many countries voted against?
            Quote: A. Privalov
            We'll have to be content with the joyful awareness of helping fraternal
            Yes, yes ... In 90, we rubbed it so eloquently, but only since then have we become a little smarter. I remember one blogger considered the cost of the operation in Syria in terms of residents of the Russian Federation - it turned out about a hundred rubles a month.
            And in general, in the place of the inhabitants of Israel, I would seriously think about why Trump needed it at all. Considering the fact that the DAISH project is unlikely to be implemented, it seems that the United States is going to force you to work out the money that it is investing in Israel, this, by the way, also concerns the issue of sponsors.

            9 - for us, 35 - abstain, 128 - against us
            Russian Defense Ministry: 2016 thousand tons of food was delivered to Syria since 1,6, Russia in a year and a half sent more than 1,6 thousand tons of food to Syria in humanitarian aid, said Army Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov. "Since January, 2016 has delivered more than 1,6 thousand tons of food to Syria as humanitarian aid. Humanitarian operations have become an integral part of the activities of Russian troops in Syria," D. Bulgakov said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. According to him, humanitarian goods are delivered both by air transport by the method of landing and by road.
            Source: http://milknews.ru/index/novosti-moloko_12877.htm
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            1. Dart2027
              Dart2027 22 December 2017 21: 17
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              Quote: A. Privalov
              1,6 thousand tons of food
              The population of the Russian Federation is 147 million, which means it will be somewhere 0,01 kg per person. Well, what can I say - they live in poverty in Israel, if they consider this an unbearable burden. I understand the difference between humanitarian aid and "feed someone". You do not know?
              Quote: A. Privalov
              9 - for us, 35 - abstain, 128 - against us
              You see, it's not in Egypt.
              As for the songs, Trump is anybody, just not a fool, and if he sometimes gives a show, then as a means of achieving his goals.
              1. A. Privalov
                A. Privalov 22 December 2017 21: 55
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                Quote: Dart2027
                Quote: A. Privalov
                1,6 thousand tons of food
                The population of the Russian Federation is 147 million, which means it will be somewhere 0,01 kg per person. Well, what can I say - they live in poverty in Israel, if they consider this an unbearable burden. I understand the difference between humanitarian aid and "feed someone". You do not know?
                Quote: A. Privalov
                9 - for us, 35 - abstain, 128 - against us
                You see, it's not in Egypt.
                As for the songs, Trump is anybody, just not a fool, and if he sometimes gives a show, then as a means of achieving his goals.

                "Blessed is he who believes, warmly to him in the world!" (C)
                1. TRex
                  TRex 22 December 2017 22: 06
                  0
                  Comrade Privalov! You would sit on the sidelines and shut up, wait - where the pendulum will swing. Israel on horseback - while states support. Imagine that tomorrow the Jewish lobby in this country will be bent. What will happen to your "great power"? Arabs bulldozed in the sea. No options.
                  1. A. Privalov
                    A. Privalov 22 December 2017 22: 13
                    +1
                    Quote: TRex
                    Comrade Privalov! You would sit on the sidelines and shut up, wait - where the pendulum will swing. Israel on horseback - while states support. Imagine that tomorrow the Jewish lobby in this country will be bent. What will happen to your "great power"? Arabs bulldozed in the sea. No options.

                    I can not sit on the sidelines. We have no "parties" here. We have no territory to retreat to the Volga and beyond the Ural industry to transfer. I'm here 30 years old. "Floated, we know." (C)
                    Not once said here, but I repeat again.
                    Among the countries surrounding Israel there is no power that constitutes a real threat to it. Syria is in ruin, Egypt has its own problems, and the peace treaty 40 has not been observed to violate has been handled for years - it has no complaints against Israel. Jordan from Israel back in 1994 got everything she wanted, and soon the gas will go there and the railroad will provide access to the Mediterranean Sea. Beggar a half-ruined Lebanon from which even the prime minister ran away? Not even funny. Iran will try to flay Israel? It is not yet known whether he will decide on this. Even if they decide, they will try to do it not by themselves, but by proxy, Hezbollah starts. This conflict will be narrowly regional. Lebanon, of course, will have a crap, but Israel will cope. Not for the first time.
                    There is such a great Arab folk wisdom: "Israel is small, it is easier to offend it easy, but then you have to spit blood for a very long time."
                    Egypt and Jordan have long since learned this wisdom and are living in clover. The rest of our neighbors in the process of assimilation. We wish them success in this useful lesson. hi
                    1. Dart2027
                      Dart2027 22 December 2017 22: 32
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                      Quote: A. Privalov
                      Israel is small, it is easier to offend him easy, but then you have to spit blood for a very long time
                      While the United States is behind it, of course, but if they decide that they no longer need it, then the question is already. If you have forgotten, the problems of the countries around Israel are also the work of the "big brother."
                      Quote: TRex
                      Blessed is he who believes, warmth to him in the world
                      So you agree with me?
                      1. A. Privalov
                        A. Privalov 23 December 2017 01: 31
                        +1
                        Quote: Dart2027
                        Quote: A. Privalov
                        Israel is small, it is easier to offend him easy, but then you have to spit blood for a very long time
                        While the United States is behind it, of course, but if they decide that they no longer need it, then the question is already. If you have forgotten, the problems of the countries around Israel are also the work of the "big brother."
                        Quote: TRex
                        Blessed is he who believes, warmth to him in the world
                        So you agree with me?

                        Not. I do not agree. Do not equate the whole world under your shirt.
                        Holy believers that the problems of the countries around us are connected with the Americans I will not persuade. The case is useless and not rewarding. As for the "big brother", then you are right. Soon 70 is old, like the USSR, and now the Russian Federation is sheltering every kind of shelupon. From bastards - dictators, to the killers of terrorists.

                        And after that, they offer themselves as mediators in the peace process. request
  8. Dart2027
    Dart2027 23 December 2017 06: 30
    0
    Quote: A. Privalov
    I believe that I will not persuade the holy believers that the problems of the countries surrounding us are connected with the Americans. The work is useless and not grateful.
    That is, it was not the United States with its creatures that created Daesh and defeated Iraq and Libya?

    Quote: A. Privalov
    Soon 70 years, as the USSR, and now the Russian Federation, have been sheltering all kinds of husks. From scum-dictators to terrorist killers.

    Such as the Saudi princes, Daesh, fascists in Ukraine, etc.? So this is the United States, not the Russian Federation.
  9. Vasya Vassin
    Vasya Vassin 26 December 2017 19: 13
    0
    A. Privalov,
    What do you dislike about Arafat? A worthy person, a respected politician and humanist? A dear friend of Ilyich ... Ilyich with all sorts of rabble would not hang out!