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Russia's Putin congratulates El-Sisi on his 'convincing' victory

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with the Russian president in February

Ahram Online, Friday 30 May 2014
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with back-then Egypt's Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, February 13, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Egypt's president-elect, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Friday, on his "convincing" victory in this week's presidential election. 

According to a statement published by the Russian presidency, the two state leaders "agreed to maintain active contacts and exchange visits at the top level."

"Both leaders expressed confidence that the rich tradition of friendly relations between Russia and Egypt will continue to develop in all areas," read the statement adding that for his part El-Sisi has said - during that phone call - that "he is ready for close cooperation with Russia on bilateral issues and on the international agenda."

El-Sisi garnered over 90 percent of votes cast in the three-day presidential vote that concluded on Wednesday, according to preliminary counts. Official results will be released next week.

Following a two-day visit by El-Sisi to Moscow in February, Putin announced that he wished him luck in the presidential candidacy, before El-Sisi had officially announced that he would run.

Some analysts have argued that Egypt has been moving closer to Russia since last summer's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule. Military contracts worth $2 billion were discussed during a visit by Russian officials to Cairo in November 2013 and subsequently during El-Sisi's Moscow trip.

Egypt had strong ties with Russia in the 1950s and 1960s, and the Soviet Union was the main supplier of arms to Egypt until the early 1970s. Relations soured after Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty bringing in some $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to Cairo in 1979.

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BKAmeran
01-06-2014 11:22am
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Aid to Egypt
US $1.3 B to Egypt is becoming less immaterial every year. Especially when Saudi Arabia Kuwait and UAE gave her $12 B and as they announced are ready to infuse more to stabilize the economy. Egypt might save more than this buying cheaper Russians arms and the discount that she'll be glad to give to such a strategically important customer. That's why the play between Congress and Administration show it's the US that seems more eager to give the aid than Egypt is to receive it. Original deal with President Carter was for aid parity between Egypt and Israel. But both US and Israel reneged - or shall we say cheated Egypt. Because now Israel under all sorts of excuses like fabricated Iran threat etc is getting $20-25 B a year but Egypt share is the original $1.3 B. Mubarak didn't object to this huge disparity because he thought the US support him politically and with secret service and so on. That's what poor ghaddafy thought also that if he obeys them all the way they support him and keep
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Allen
31-05-2014 01:33am
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Putin is several steps ahead of the West.
He has shown an awareness that from Morocco to the gulf states the Arab world wants nothing to do with the Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
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Dostour
31-05-2014 04:12pm
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Putin's strategy is failing
Putin's backward and imperialistic approach to Ukriane failed. He tried to keep a friendly puppet authoritarian in power but was overcome by revolution. Putin is also much less aware of conditions in dictatorial countries outside of Europe than the West is.
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