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Egyptian defense minister seeks arms deal with Russia before presidential election

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Egyptian defense minister seeks arms deal with Russia before presidential electionEgyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who intends to run for the upcoming presidential elections, wants to have time to conclude an agreement on the acquisition weapons Russia before the election campaign officially begins. This was stated in an interview with the radio station “Voice of Russia” by an Egyptian military expert, retired general Husam Swaylam. To participate in the presidential race, which starts in March, Al-Sisi will have to officially leave the post of Minister of Defense.


Therefore, the Egyptian expert believes, Al-Sisi paid a visit to Moscow and held talks in February, while still holding the post of minister.

“Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi should have had time to pay this visit as the head of the military department. There is not enough time to prepare for the presidential election - in a month he will have to take off his military uniform. And he will have time to conclude arms deals while he is still“ - explained General Swaylam.

The expert confirmed reports that Egypt’s purchases of Russian weapons will be financed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“Last week, just before our two ministers (defense and foreign affairs) arrived in Moscow, the chief of staff of the Egyptian army traveled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There he discussed the financial aspects of this deal, which will be paid in installments. 2014 d. The amount of the transaction will be 2 billion US dollars, it will be paid by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This will be a gift of these two countries to the Egyptian people, "said a retired general.

According to him, Egypt did not go on a military deal with Russia. Over the past decades, Cairo has bought weapons from the Americans. But the United States condemned the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi last July, and suspended military aid to Egypt.

"The visit of the Egyptian ministers to Moscow is to some extent a response of the United States, which continues to support the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptians overthrew, and also a response to the freezing by the Americans of military cooperation with Egypt. Thus, we have not received 120 tanks Abrams, 21 F-16 fighter jets, 12 Apache helicopters. Now we are trying to withstand American pressure and support Egyptian sovereignty, "General Swaylam emphasized.

At the same time, he noted that the deal with Russia does not mean a break in military cooperation with the United States. “We don’t want to stop relations with America at all. Cairo simply creates a new balance in relations with two world superpowers - the United States and Russia. With China, by the way, we also intend to cooperate,” the Egyptian expert explained.

He said that, according to his information, within the framework of the agreements reached, Russia will supply Egypt, in particular, the 24 fighter MiG-29, second-generation Cornet anti-tank missiles, the Tor-M1 air defense missile system, and 8. "We asked C-17, but I do not think that Russia will give it to us now," the former military man believes.

The agreement in Russia is aimed at upgrading the equipment of the Egyptian army, the expert said. "At the moment we have about 40 percent of military equipment - these are old modifications of Russian systems and vehicles, such as the MiG-21, for example. We are striving in the future to get the right to manufacture and assemble weapons in Egypt, and also to start producing spare parts for the American weapons. Thus, we will move on to a real diversification of arms sources, "the Egyptian general told Itar-Tass.
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  1. alex-s
    alex-s 19 February 2014 08: 46
    +4
    He said that, according to his information, within the framework of the agreements reached, Russia will supply Egypt, in particular, the 24 fighter MiG-29, second-generation Cornet anti-tank missiles, the Tor-M1 air defense missile system, and 8. "We asked C-17, but I do not think that Russia will give it to us now," the former military man believes.

    And why don't we sell the MiGs that they did for Syria?
  2. Hitrovan07
    Hitrovan07 19 February 2014 08: 48
    +3
    An interesting scenario - the Saudis pay for the Russian production of weapons !!!
  3. svp67
    svp67 19 February 2014 08: 48
    +5
    And DO NOT GIVE, but SELL and the only way, and only - lightweight export options ....
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 19 February 2014 09: 17
      +6
      quote-Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who intends to run for the upcoming presidential elections, wants to have time to conclude an agreement on the acquisition of weapons from Russia before the election campaign officially begins.


      My opinion is unequivocal-will be really elected president, for that simple reason, there is no real rival.
  4. DNX1970
    DNX1970 19 February 2014 09: 17
    +6
    No weapon will help such "warriors". It has been proved by Israel more than once. But our gunsmiths will find their money very useful. FORWARD! MONEY, of course.
    1. Vadim12
      Vadim12 19 February 2014 09: 25
      +1
      that's for sure, they fought badly, read books about the Arab-Israeli wars. The preparation is probably weak.
      1. arane
        arane 19 February 2014 21: 22
        +1
        The preparation is weak, and most importantly, there is no core
  5. Vadim12
    Vadim12 19 February 2014 09: 23
    0
    If smart, then he must be president. The Americans, apparently, will write boiling water if the deal takes place wink
  6. Betahon
    Betahon 19 February 2014 09: 26
    +1
    The right decision, Comrade Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi! ...
    1. Very old
      Very old 19 February 2014 09: 53
      +1
      "Tambov wolf"

      Emirs and Sauds gave payment guarantees?
      Yes, and Egypt itself more than once: yours and ours
      With such "partners", caution comes first
  7. Zubr
    Zubr 19 February 2014 09: 34
    +1
    Well, the news is not bad. But what embarrassed me, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will finance the procurement, it is very interesting. Further cooperation with the USA is also not clear, I wonder on what issues?
    Egypt planted the Muslim brothers on the needle, well, business is business in other matters, the extra 80 of billions of rubles will not hurt us. Let's see what the elections show, maybe we will build something there again?
    For now, one can only guess.
  8. ramin_serg
    ramin_serg 19 February 2014 09: 39
    +2
    Good morning
    I think that Russia should do (and will do) everything possible to return the Egyptian arms market.
  9. rubin6286
    rubin6286 19 February 2014 10: 24
    +2
    I believe that if there is no direct threat of a military conflict with the participation of Egypt, arms should not be sold to this country, especially since other countries pay for this, which, moreover, are not our reliable allies and friends. Earlier, the corrupt Egyptian leadership flooded Pakistan and the Afghan mujahideen with Kalashnikov assault rifles, where is the guarantee that the Tor will not be in Georgia, and the Cornet in Chechnya, the new MiG-29s in Israel, Romania, Poland, the Baltic states? Why hurry? We need to look for friends where there are, first of all, common economic interests. Saudi Arabia and the Emirates openly support Chechen and Dagestani militants, the massacre in Syria. The treacherous oligarchic regime will receive money, which it shamelessly appropriates and transfers to American banks, but what will the people of Russia get from such transactions? The Egyptian military openly blamed our MiGs and SUs, tanks and armored personnel carriers, communications equipment, although in reality, unlike, for example, the Indian military, they were not able not only to shoot well, but also simply to operate this equipment. I think what they say is true, "they don't look for good from good." Better to let the United States sell the Aegis missile system, F-22 and F-35 aircraft to Egypt, and Russia buy them for review.
    1. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 20 February 2014 00: 01
      +1
      Quote: rubin6286
      ... the new MiG-29 in Israel ...

      Are you against it? belay Well, what did you not immediately warn? sad

  10. kelevra
    kelevra 19 February 2014 10: 55
    0
    Ours still needs to think about whether it is worth completing. In Egypt, it’s not calm right now, however much this weapon would go against us in the future.
  11. Nayhas
    Nayhas 19 February 2014 10: 56
    0
    Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi imagines himself to be a new pharaoh, uncontested elections under the supervision of the army ... More than once, how did he end such regimes himself, what was he hoping for?
  12. Leshka
    Leshka 19 February 2014 15: 32
    +1
    it's good that we are getting closer to Egypt
  13. Nitarius
    Nitarius 19 February 2014 21: 05
    0
    What a big GAME, and it’s not clear why .. so to speak, a CLEAR PICTURE IS NOT BEING OUT. WHAT AND FOR WHAT ... THE SAUDITES DIRECTED THREATENED TO US .... AND THE CHECHEN'S SCARAW.
    I WILL NOT UNDERSTAND BY THE "FAMILY" of ours what they WANT TO ACHIEVE ... IN FACT THE WEAPON WILL GO TO THE US FOR ANALYSIS
    1. arane
      arane 19 February 2014 21: 25
      +3
      No parsing. Americans, if they want, can stupidly buy from us. Export weapons are very different from what suits us
      MIG-29 glider has long been no secret
      1. And Us Rat
        And Us Rat 20 February 2014 00: 08
        +1
        Quote: arane
        No parsing. Americans, if they want, can stupidly buy from us. Export weapons are very different from what suits us
        MIG-29 glider has long been no secret

        This is true, for example, half of the filling of the export Su-30, for example, is imported, of choice at the request of the customer.