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Egyptian army chief El-Sisi in Russia for arms talks

Field Marshall Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy are in Moscow for talks on military cooperation

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Feb 2014
Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (second from right) with Egyptian delegation heading to Russia (Photo courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman's official Facebook page)
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Egyptian army chief and defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is on an official visit to Russia, army spokesperson Ahmed Ali has stated.

El-Sisi is accompanied by Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in a visit that is a "response to the historic visit of their Russian counterparts to Egypt last November."

They will discuss cooperation between the two countries with Russian ministers, Ali said on his official Facebook page.

Military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website on Wednesday that El-Sisi was visiting Moscow to finalise a deal on the purchase of weapons.

Egypt sees Russia as a new potential ally after the US suspended part of its annual military aid to Egypt.

In November, talks between El-Sisi and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu resulted in a weapons deal.

AFP reported at the time that Moscow had signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defence missile systems.

The US Congress recently passed a new bill restoring more than $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt, which had been largely cut off amid concerns over the country's democratic transition and mounting violence following the ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi.

The change of heart towards Egypt comes after a constitution referendum that some say has set Egypt closer to a democratic path.

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Hesham Tawfik
12-02-2014 01:07pm
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Food is first
It is amazing that a ountry like Egypt that can not feed itself can afford buying arms which eventually end to be used against peacfull protesters.
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Sam Enslow
12-02-2014 10:01pm
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The US policy is to shift focus away from the Middle East to SE Asia where there may be benefits for the US. If Russia, China, or the EU want the job and expense of securing ME sea lanes, they are welcome. It is in Egypt' interest to maintain peace with Israel and to keep the Canal open. The anti-US media and public opinion in the Arab world has convinced the US to let others have the problem.
abdulrahman
12-02-2014 07:33pm
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Smart El Sisi
El Sisi is fully aware that US needs Egypt badly in view of the short and long term security interests of Itself and Israel . He is confident US will not just let Egypt walk away into the Russian sphere of influence. He knows that US will quietly shower Egypt with more promises of military and financial aid.
TH
12-02-2014 06:04pm
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"peaceful protesters " ?
Hesham, really !!! Where are you living ? Do you read the daily reports of bombings, Sinai attacks against military, cairo attacks against the Police, thugs on motorcycles in drive by shootings etc etc etc. Is this "peaceful protest" ? Are these isolated incidents or are they controlled from behind the scenes? Whether we like it or not, Egypt is AT WAR, a war that we MUST win. The alternative is to become a Syria, an Iraq or an Afghanistan. I don't know you Hesham, or what you stand for, but I DO NOT want this for your children. Lets stand behind the government, challenge it appropriately and through the ballot box, and rebuild the Egypt we ALL love.
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