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Cold War Déjà Vu

Putin to Visit Cairo, After US Abandons Ally Further

Russia is filling in the vacuum in Egpyt that the U.S. is leaving behind.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on June 25, 2012.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on June 25, 2012.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Egypt in November, the first Russian president to visit Egypt since Egypt lost the war with Israel in 1973, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

The visit will come on the heels of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Cairo in the beginning of November.

The presidential trip is part of a dramatic series of improvements in Cairo-Russian relations, clearly filling in the vacuum that the U.S. has almost inexplicably left behind.

The visit also comes following meetings between Jerusalem and Russia’s Foreign Ministry this week.

According to Sergey Vershinin, Russia’s director for Middle East affairs in their Foreign Ministry as well as Russia’s representative to the Quartet, Israel expressed deep concern about the the loss of U.S. aid to Egypt, and that if Egypt doesn’t find a new source of funding, the economic situation in the country will worsen and cause “instability”.

Vershinin said that Russia will be investing in improving Russia-Egypt relations, though he cautioned that it won’t return to the levels it was at under the USSR.

“We won’t be returning to the days of Aswan,” Vershinin said, referring to when Egypt began its romance and alliance with Russia, after the U.S. withdrew its offer invest in the Aswan Dam in 1956.

It may not return to those levels, but one certainly can’t deny the feeling of déjà vu.

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11 Responses to “Putin to Visit Cairo, After US Abandons Ally Further”

  1. So Russia who makes fun of Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood in both Egypt and Syria, is now going to Egypt to make nice and sell weapons? So now were seeing Russia's foreign relations contradicting itself as well as the US?

  2. Lee Warren says:

    obama does NOT speak for the majority, me include, the man is undeniably an empty suit and is selfcentered. We rue the day he was sworn in.

  3. LeeWarren says:

    obama does NOT speak for the majority, me include, the man is undeniably an empty suit and is selfcentered. We rue the day he was sworn in.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Carter left Iran and now Obama is lefting Egypt, what a coincidence?, US democrats policy.

  5. Oh, nice, just what the world needs now – Putin, the grand assassin getting a firm foothold in Egypt – does NOT, I repeat, does NOT bode well. Mark my words.

  6. Erdi Çayır says:

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

  7. vivgolda says:

    This is significant in a number of ways.  Putin is a strong leader and the kind of leader a huge nation such as Russia needs for the time being.  At this stage this is as far as one can see.  Israel is smart enough to have already started dialogue with Russia. Putin & Netanyahu are well matched of similar ages and experience of International arena’s.  I simply get a good feeling.

  8. benakiva37 says:

    To LeeWarren: No president has assisted Israel more than under the real ObamaCare:In addition to the $3 billion plus in military assistance, another $500 million was supplied to further develop the Iron Dome missile system,which has had exceptional success at saving the lives of Israelis living under the threat from Hamas’ missiles. In addition,Israel has been sold bunker- busting bombs  and F-35 fighters- the best in the world,and has benn  co-operating with the US  in the development of the Arrow and David’s sling missile systems. The US and Israeli troops have co-operated in the 2009 Juniper Cobra and 2012 Austere Challenge joint military exercises – the largest and most extensive exercises ever with Israel.

  9. Anyone who does NOT support Israel-would be losing a powerful ally-Smart move Mr Putin!

  10. Another Obama successful ploy to cripple US power and prestige in the world and reduce us into a third world nation as were the Dreams of his Father. And, Obama is fulfilling them beyond any dreams his father might have had – Thanks to the naive useful idiot "liberals" and media of the US. http://www.israel-commentary.org

  11. Amr Adel says:

    hahaha Egypt lost the war with Israel in 1973 , Israel Always distort the facts

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