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Al-Sisi negotiates arms deal in Russia

Army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi meets top Russian officials on Thursday to negotiate a US$2-billion arms deal

Army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (AFP File Photo)
Army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (AFP File Photo)

AFP – Egyptian army chief and likely new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets top Russian officials on Thursday to negotiate a US$2-billion arms deal that is meant to replace subsidised assistance from old ally Washington.

Sisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy for so-called “2+2” talks with their Russian counterparts.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrvov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had made a landmark trip to Cairo in November aimed at reviving ties that had remained stagnant since Soviet times.

Diplomats in Moscow said Thursday’s talks would focus on regional security issues such as the Syria crisis as well as trade and economic relations.

But Moscow officials have confirmed that a large part of the discussions will focus on striking a massive new Russian arms delivery deal.

The head of Russia’s state industrial holding company said after the Cairo meeting that Moscow was on the verge of reaching a landmark agreement to deliver air defence systems to Egypt’s army.

Rostec chief Sergey Chemezov said on November 18 that “some contracts (with Egypt) have already been signed — particularly one concerning air defence systems”.

But he later clarified that he was referring only to a framework agreement and not to firm delivery contracts.

“Because of arising funding problems, the Egyptian side is still discussing these contracts,” Chemezov said at the time.

Moscow’s authoritative Vedomosti business daily reported on November 15 that the deals under discussion were worth more than US$2 billion and could be financed by Saudi Arabia.

Chemezov confirmed that Egypt’s new rulers were discussing financing options with their regional allies “and also want to ask Russia to extend them a corresponding loan”.

He did not say whether Russia was willing to provide Cairo the required assistance or explain what type of missiles the deal involved.

The Soviet Union was the main supplier of arms to Egypt in the 1960s and early 1970s. Cooperation between the two sides dropped after Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty and Cairo began receiving generous US aid.

But Washington suspended some of its military assistance to Egypt after the July ousting of democratically-elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Moscow has been keen to fill the resulting void.

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  • Reda Sobky

    it is hard to believe that US policy is intended to produce this result. I am personally astounded at this failure. It seems Obama’s string of failures has now reached its climax with the US driving Egypt towards Russia by pursuing what look like drunken policies in the Middle East all in pursuit of enabling the deposed to dominate so Egypt can be turned into a religious state and split up. Shameful!

    • sam enslow

      Obama has been silent on Egyptian affairs. It is an absolute untruth that he supports The Brothers. Had he wanted to do so, all he had to do was say, “Morsy is a bad man.” Egypt would have proclaimed Morsy the greatest leader since Ramses II. the same hold true with Field Marshall Al-Sisi. If Obama wanted to discredit him, all he would have to do is praise him. Concerns about events in Egypt today, do not mean support for The Brothers. I note today that Putin “endorsed” Al-Sisi. If Obama did that, it would be unacceptable interference in Egypt’s internal affairs.
      Egypt is playing a Cold War game, the US vs. USSR. But they seem to forget the attitude of the Egyptians to the Russians when they dominated Egyptian policies until Sadat kicked them out. But American taxpayers will see that when Egypt has money to buy arms, it will buy from Russia. OK. That means they no longer need the free stuff. By the way, Obama told the Egyptians that they would get whatever they needed to fight the terrorists.
      Over the years, I have not seen one media article favorable to the US on anything. The US is shifting its attention to SE Asia. If Russia, China, the EU or anyone else wants the job and costs of protecting Middle East sea lanes, they can have it. It is in no ones interest, even Egypt’s, to have these lanes closed or the canal closed.
      Note that Obama gave responsibility for Libya to NATO while the French handled Mali and are working in Central Africa. Obama is not Bush. His constant policy has been to disengage from the Middle east and all its conflicts. That, in part, accounts on the US push for energy independence.
      The shame you mention belongs to Egypt. It has it all. But Egyptians refuse to make any of the reforms necessary to boost its economy and to attract investors (Egyptian or foreign). Corruption still affects almost every aspect of Egyptian life (how many illegal buildings can you see from your home). The real danger to Egypt comes not from the US, but from all the governments that followed the 25 January Revolution. Those who first went to Tahrir (to protest police brutality, not to remove Mubarak) went because, I am dead. If they shoot me, I will only get a certificate making it official.” Those people are still there. They are still without hope. This will lead to the real bloody revolution which I fear.
      I ask you to recall too that when Morsy was elected, it was stated by the Egyptian media that the US would abandon Egypt because they elected the “wrong” people, “”America only supports democracy when the right person is elected.” The example given was the US labeling of Hamas and HZ as terrorist organizations even though one was elected and the other had massive public support. Even today The Brothers say the US engineered the coup as part of the American-Zionist Conspiracy. Anyone in Egypt against anyone says the US supports the other side. Mubarak said we started the revolution. Morsy said we supported SCAF and Shifiq, and on and on and on.

      • evil empire

        Brothers are legitimate political party while Sisi is fascist who should be imprisoned immediately for destroying the democracy in Egypt, Every one who supports this fascist should be declared enemy of Egypt.

        There is no doubt that American right wing Christians have been supporting the coup and their elements from beginning of Morsi regime. Obama is just trying to distance himself from this problem because he messed up big time in middle east. He doesn’t have guts to speak up and stand for what is right.

    • evil empire

      Egypt is always going to be religious, you are a fool to think that Wahabbi Arab backed regime is not going to be religious.

      • Reda Sobky

        The issue is not religious or non religious, rather it is more like religious with a heart or religious with a bomb?

  • evil empire

    Criminal dictators in middle east are not going to leave without destroying whole country. these fascists should be nuked for their crimes.

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