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Putin supports Sisi bid for Egypt presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he supports Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's expected bid for Egypt's presidency, wishes him luck

AFP , Thursday 13 Feb 2014
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Egypt’s military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi smiles as he speaks to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks along with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he supported Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's bid for the presidency, wishing him luck following their talks in Moscow.

"I know that you, Mr. Defence Minister, have decided to run for president of Egypt," Putin said. "It's a very responsible decision... I wish you luck both from myself personally and from the Russian people," the Russian president added. 

Although he has not officially announced his intention to contend for presidency, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was given the green light by Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run in the upcoming presidential elections. A number of news sources have revealed that El-Sisi's announcement is expected in the coming week. 

Putin's statements came following his meeting with Field Marshal El-Sisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy during their visit to Moscow begun on Wednesday, which included talks about diplomatic, military and economic cooperation between the two states. 

 

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Allen
13-02-2014 10:15pm
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We all know Gen. Sisi is the best military leader Egypt has.
He is proving to be the best politician Egypt has for the moment. Every move has a consequence. Past history is proof being in the back pocket of ANY superpower compromises Egypts sovereignty. The US will always be a conditional supporter because their politicians are in the back pocket of Israel. Russia tends to be controlling too, when they smell Egypt has no choices whatsoever. So it's best to keep them both at arms length, which is exactly what the General is doing. Hope it all works for the best for Egypt.
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Social Justice
13-02-2014 05:02pm
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Putin's role in Ukraine is negative
At this present moment, Putin is trying to drag Ukraine backwards.
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Sam Enslow
13-02-2014 01:54pm
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What if Obama said the same?
If President Obama said he supported Field Marshall Al-Sisi, the Egyptians would scream about US interference in Egypt's internal affairs. Double standards? This is why the US is removing itself from the Middle East. I hope Egyptians take a few moments to recall their attitude toward the Russians when they were the dominate player in Egypt until removed by Sadat. They might also look at today's Ukraine. They would also do well to remember that today Russia is actively seeking US investments in Russia. The sad part is the Egypt has it all if it will only face its problems and make the necessary reforms to attract both Egyptian and international investments. I am sure sentiment in the US will be that if Egypt can afford to buy arms and selects Russia (not the US) as its supplier, it has no need for US free arms. The US can use the money which would enable it to build about 200 inner city schools a year or repair a few bridges.
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Gemal
14-02-2014 12:02am
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Support the way things are going
Putin supports Bashar Assad too.
Osama
13-02-2014 04:43pm
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relax bro
we're not Ukraine! Russia will not take us over, we are just doing business deals with them, we need their weapons and investments.

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