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Russia Buying Out US Influence with $2 Billion Arms Deal for Egypt

Has the United States done anything right in the Middle East in the last few decades?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was former President Hosni Mubarak's hand-picked military intelligence  chief.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was former President Hosni Mubarak's hand-picked military intelligence chief.
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Egyptian army chief and probable next president, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, landed in Moscow Wednesday and is expected to sign up with Russia for a $2 billion arms deal in another move that could diminish American influence over Cairo as well as the entire Middle East.

After the Obama administration openly warned the Egyptian regime last year,it could face cuts in military aid from Washington because of its undemocratic policies, Saudi Arabia stepped into the break to offer help to Egypt.

The United States pooh-poohed the idea that it was losing its clout in Cairo, but Russia now is set to take advantage of Saudi financial aid to Egypt and boost its defense sales and to further erode the Obama administration’s position.

Al-Sisi’s is on his first foreign visit since he replaced ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Russia’s foreign and defense ministers visit Cairo last November.

Russia has become a major thorn in the side of President Barack Obama over Syria and Iran. At the same time, the Arab world is increasingly fed up with the president’s foreign policy. Obama’s “engagement” with Iran has disappointed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The former American administrations’ military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have left behind anarchy, violence and rabid anti-Americanism.

It is no wonder that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is willing to go for broke for a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. That would restore America’s shine to some extent, but if a deal is made, which is unlikely, and if it falls apart in the future, which is more than probably, the United States will be in a weaker position in the Middle East.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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5 Responses to “Russia Buying Out US Influence with $2 Billion Arms Deal for Egypt”

  1. You mean other than supporting Israel?

  2. Egypt will fall to civil war

  3. Ahmed Ready says:

    very good visit we need more balance in egypt- obama did fatal mistake by supporting brotherhood which widely rejeced now by egyptian peole which suffering from their terrorism | there will be dramatic changes in the middle east coming soon

  4. Wayne Addair says:

    So, Russia and Putin schooling Obama and Kerry?

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    Welcome home Russia to Eygpt and thank you arab Obama and irish Kerry for the sell out.

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