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Egypt and Russia: friendship against america?

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Turning away from America that had turned away, Egypt turned to Russia. The other day a new geopolitical turn was confirmed by both presidential candidates of the Arab Republic of Egypt - comrades Sabahi and al-Sisi. Moscow also didn’t click through with its beak: back in February, Cairo offered to buy fighters, air defense systems and something else for several billion dollars.


In mid-April, members of the London-based Center for Policy Studies and the Global Security Council flew to Cairo, where consulted with the main presidential candidate - Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi. The delegation also met with the head of intelligence of Egypt, the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, businessmen, clergymen and members of the public.

The delegation was very concerned about the suspension of US military aid to Egypt. Moreover, Sergei Shoigu and Sergey Lavrov have previously been to Egypt. (Moscow offered Cairo to purchase fighter jets, air defense systems and other weapons - worth about 4 billions of dollars.)

Moreover, comrade al-Sisi openly stated that he did not trust the United States.

One of the members of the delegation, retired Major General Paul Valleli, made a disappointing conclusion for Washington: “Not a single government in the Middle East believes the US administration. Russia is hitting us everywhere. ”

According to the retired general, “Putin knows about America’s weakness,” and therefore “will fill the vacuums left by the United States.”

19 may on RIA News" an exclusive interview appeared, taken from the candidate for the presidency of Egypt, the socialist Hamdin Sabah.

In the event of a victory in the elections, this person intends to return relations with Russia to the level of the era of “great friendship”. He says: “Remembering the Aswan Dam, we must certainly welcome the role played by the Soviet Union in supporting Egypt in its independent development, in the construction of hydropower plants. Relations that have been formed between specialists from the USSR and our country, as well as residents of upper Egypt, are quite strong. This is a very important moment in stories of our country and its economic development achieved in that period. We are grateful and grateful for all this. We want our foreign policy to return to Egypt its active role on the world stage, protecting its interests, as well as contributing to the creation of a more equitable system of international relations. In order to realize this, it is necessary to diversify our foreign policy. For several decades, Egypt was under the hegemony of the Americans. At present, we are moving towards determining our own foreign policy ourselves and building equal relations with everyone: with the United States, with Russia, China, India, South Africa and the countries of Latin America. The latter, by the way, being in conditions similar to us, have shown a model of economic development and democracy, which we intend to use. In this context, we will strive for such relations with Russia, which in all senses will return our relations to the level of the Aswan dam construction era. Then Russia will be able to realize its interests that are beneficial to both parties. ”

According to the presidential candidate, Egypt needs "strategic relations with Russia" and is not just necessary, but "extremely important."

In addition, Sabahi answered the question about the Crimea and said that the Crimeans "have said their word, and this word must be respected."

In the meantime, Russia's cooperation with Egypt is growing by leaps and bounds.

According to the Novorossiysk branch of the FGBU Grain Quality Assessment Center, the largest importer of Russian wheat in the first quarter of 2014 was Egypt (35,5% of the total volume of exported wheat). For comparison: Egypt is descending after Egypt: Yemen (8,2%), Libya (6,0%), Morocco (5,4%), etc.

During the same period last year, the largest wheat importers were Kenya (46,5% of the total exported wheat), Turkey (22,0%) and Greece (16,3%).

As for arms purchases, it’s too early to talk about them.

In February, the media talked about a deal in the amount of something in 2, or in 3 billion dollars, and not even more. It was assumed that ARE would buy from the Russian Federation MiG-29 fighters, air defense systems, Mi-35 helicopters, anti-ship coastal complexes, ammunition, light weapons. Egypt has no money, so Saudi Arabia and the UAE volunteered to sponsors. The first payments must pass before July 2014. It is clear that all parties are waiting for the election results.

In any case, the geopolitical result of the intensification of the Kremlin’s relations with Cairo was not slow.

22 April US government took off part of the restrictions on the supply of arms in Egypt, imposed after the overthrow of Mursi.

The United States confirmed the delivery of ten AH-64 Apache helicopters to Egypt. “We believe that these helicopters will help the Egyptian government in the fight against extremists who threaten security in the region,” commented Pentagon press secretary John Kirby.

No matter how many officials of different levels say about the “fight against extremists,” one thing is clear: the Americans were afraid that they would lose the market. And not just lose it, but give it to the Russians, who may well use their Soviet experience of strategic friendship with Cairo. As a result, Moscow will have a plus, Cairo will have a plus, and Washington will have a minus.

One gets the impression that Obama, who once rejoiced in the “democratic” election of Mursi, once again played up for the Kremlin ...

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  1. mamont5
    mamont5 22 May 2014 08: 20
    +16
    "Obama, who once rejoiced at the" democratic "election of Morsi, again played along with the Kremlin ..."

    It’s time for Obama to pay the Kremlin salary.
    1. MOISEY
      MOISEY 22 May 2014 09: 17
      +13
      Yeah, and reward the odin for services to Russia of the first degree. And there, so as not to break your own, you can get him a pension here and attach him as a guard somewhere.
      1. Denis
        Denis 22 May 2014 10: 34
        +2
        Quote: MOISEY
        so that you don’t break yours, you can get him a pension here and attach him as a guard somewhere.

        In vain you are talking about this, all of a sudden Angelica will read and make happiness in her Germany’s head-with-patchwork lol
      2. SAG
        SAG 23 May 2014 01: 08
        0
        to the zoo for example ... so that no one would know lol
      3. ddd1975
        ddd1975 23 May 2014 07: 58
        0
        Yes, you can watchman, but not at a construction site, otherwise it looks like a roofing material ...
    2. kudwar68
      kudwar68 22 May 2014 12: 48
      +1
      Quote: mamont5
      "Obama, who once rejoiced at the" democratic "election of Morsi, again played along with the Kremlin ..."

      It’s time for Obama to pay the Kremlin salary.

      It seems so we are paying! lol
      1. Serg 122
        Serg 122 23 May 2014 18: 07
        0
        Look - how sucked, bastard! smile laughing wassat
  2. gandalf
    gandalf 22 May 2014 08: 32
    +4
    I think a gambit was played in Egypt. When, with the "help" of Mursi, the military identified all the national traitors and then destroyed them with one hard blow.

    In Ukraine, there may also be such an option, but only tougher, because the importance of Ukraine and Egypt for the West is not comparable.

    Now in Egypt came not pro-Russian, but pro-Egyptian people, and this cannot but rejoice ...
    1. sir.jonn
      sir.jonn 22 May 2014 09: 16
      +4
      Quote: gandalf


      Now in Egypt came not pro-Russian, but pro-Egyptian people, and this cannot but rejoice ...

      Egypt more than once rushed about in its foreign policy views, although traditionally it remained closer to Russia. Let's hope that everything does not end with a banal extortion of financial assistance for loyalty.
  3. Mihail29
    Mihail29 22 May 2014 08: 35
    +6
    After Kennedy, the US presidents were not very smart, and the last two are just morons.
  4. kostyan77708
    kostyan77708 22 May 2014 08: 39
    +4
    not simple, but clinical !!!!
  5. Afinogen
    Afinogen 22 May 2014 08: 39
    +3
    As a result, Moscow will have a plus, Cairo a plus, and Washington a minus.


    So it will be laughing
  6. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 22 May 2014 08: 40
    +3
    So far, I do not really believe in the prospect of friendship with Egypt ... all the senior and senior officers have been trained at NATO centers.
    But a certain period of mutual interests ... can be used in the interests of Russia.
    1. Duke
      Duke 22 May 2014 09: 05
      0
      Quote: silberwolf88
      So far, I do not really believe in the prospect of friendship with Egypt ... all the senior and senior officers have been trained at NATO centers.
      But a certain period of mutual interests ... can be used in the interests of Russia.

      All that is bad for the USA is good for us.
    2. olf_1959
      olf_1959 22 May 2014 10: 30
      +2
      German military leaders also studied before the war in the USSR, which did not stop them from fighting with us.
    3. Denis
      Denis 22 May 2014 10: 40
      +4
      Quote: silberwolf88
      While I do not really believe in the prospect of friendship with Egypt

      Exactly!!! For somehow they were friends
      Turning away from America turned away, Egypt turned to Russia
      So the expression suggests itself: "It turns like on ..."
      Quote: silberwolf88
      But a certain period of mutual interests ... can be used in the interests of Russia

      Only this way and NO FREE.
  7. Nasty pirate
    Nasty pirate 22 May 2014 09: 02
    +4
    the largest exporter Russian wheat

    importer

    In general, it is not bad for Russia to have a "friendship zone" in the Mediterranean: Algeria, Syria, Cyprus, possibly Egypt and Greece, in theory Libya, after the end of the chaos, will also have to draw the right conclusions. With Turkey, by the way, recently "not everything is so simple."
  8. creak
    creak 22 May 2014 09: 10
    +3
    So much as the Soviet Union did in its time for Egypt, not a single country did - the scale of this assistance is well known, but it is well known how it all ended ... Therefore, I would refrain from excessive optimism about the future of Russian-Egyptian relations. We will see. .
  9. Aslan
    Aslan 22 May 2014 09: 29
    +3
    With Egypt, the Amer’s campaign was generally embarrassing, they threw off Mubarak for some reason, who licked the United States for some reason, and put up scumbags from Muslim brothers, who, apart from shitting on the sly, really can’t do anything. unfortunate generals meanwhile began to lose profit from tourism, they were tired of it all and decided to return everything to normal. Ours would not have stepped on the rake twice, Egypt is an unreliable partner, if they can even be called such. They will ask at the first opportunity from their ports, on which ours can somewhere deep in their hearts hope.
    1. creak
      creak 22 May 2014 11: 09
      0
      Quote: Aslan
      with Egypt, the Amer’s campaign was generally embarrassing, they threw off for some reason Mubarak, who was licking the United States,


      It is interesting to note that H. Mubarak studied in the USSR at one time - he graduated from an aviation school and took a course at the Frunze Academy. Such a zagogulin ...
  10. Aslan
    Aslan 22 May 2014 09: 29
    0
    With Egypt, the Amer’s campaign was generally embarrassing, they threw off Mubarak for some reason, who licked the United States for some reason, and put up scumbags from Muslim brothers, who, apart from shitting on the sly, really can’t do anything. unfortunate generals meanwhile began to lose profit from tourism, they were tired of it all and decided to return everything to normal. Ours would not have stepped on the rake twice, Egypt is an unreliable partner, if they can even be called such. They will ask at the first opportunity from their ports, on which ours can somewhere deep in their hearts hope.
  11. mig31
    mig31 22 May 2014 09: 54
    +3
    Laughter takes from today's State Department, if it weren’t so sad how many lives take away mattress ideas ...
  12. kodxnumx
    kodxnumx 22 May 2014 11: 33
    +1
    It’s not so much about Obama how much they advise and get it in his followers, they still think about Obama from the Cold War, and when the union was alive, there were problems from here, the whole world would take us to a girlfriend and the Yankees would blow it all them, now the train is gone they just still have to experience for themselves in Russia for 1000 years there were a lot of takeoffs and drifts at our genetic level everything is laid down how to deal with this, but their problems have just begun with their history of 350 years old, we have a fleet older so how do they get through this recession recession is a question and how th output will be the United States can not skzat none, and whether the United States as markups Strona who knows!
    1. kimyth1
      kimyth1 22 May 2014 23: 12
      0
      Yes, the mattresses will stir up war 3! It’s still possible for them! They already have $ the most well-worn chelas at the genetic level $, so when they get through the bombing, the Maidan may then understand that they are just people who can also be offended and killed! !!!!
  13. Chertkov Oleg
    Chertkov Oleg 22 May 2014 12: 57
    0
    The strength is not in the dollar, but in the truth. Russians have always been honest with friends and enemies. It is because of these qualities that other countries are drawn to us, though not always disinterestedly, it is worth remembering how many "forgiven" debts to such friends. Now we are scientists, using the example of the forced collapse of the USSR, theft of accounts, party gold, etc. There are no more fools and the budget is not rubber.
  14. siberalt
    siberalt 22 May 2014 14: 35
    +1
    Amerikos really crash in the program. But is it good?

    http://topwar.ru/uploads/images/2014/710/fjqo652.jpg
  15. alex-cn
    alex-cn 22 May 2014 15: 15
    0
    I understand that "the east is a delicate matter," but I do not believe in the reliability of the eastern allies ... And to trade with them is the only reason not to trade ... just don't really believe in debt, otherwise they will again pay off with bananas or write off debts.
  16. kaa1977
    kaa1977 22 May 2014 15: 23
    0
    Perhaps Obama has something to say thanks.
  17. Bosk
    Bosk 22 May 2014 18: 56
    0
    Egypt is still a "partner" ...
  18. Nonik
    Nonik 22 May 2014 20: 55
    0
    One of the members of the delegation, retired Major General Paul Valleli, made a disappointing conclusion for Washington: “Not a single government in the Middle East believes the US administration. Russia is hitting us everywhere. ”
    There would always be such news until its logical conclusion - Carthago delenda est, Vashingtonem delendam esse smile
    Quote: Duke
    All that is bad for the USA is good for us.
    The US is also guided by this saying, just the opposite smile
  19. jovanni
    jovanni 23 May 2014 07: 13
    +1
    We will be friends with both Sobakh and Sis))) But don’t give money! Unfortunately, we are no longer the USSR.