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PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on June 25, 2012.

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.

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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 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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