Egypt’s el-Sissi heads to Moscow for rare visit: Military leader will reportedly finalize $2 billion arms deal with Russia

As the US resigns as the World’s Police, watch as other nations take its place. Do you want to live in a world where Russia or China call the shots?

“Egypt’s el-Sissi heads to Moscow for rare visit,” The Times of Israel, February 12, 2014:

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s army chief headed to Moscow on Wednesday amid reports of a $2 billion arms deal in the making that would significantly expand Russia’s military influence with a key US ally in the Middle East.

The visit by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is a rare one for the Arab nation’s military commander — and his first outside the country since he rose to prominence after the popularly-backed coup that ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last July.

In Moscow, el-Sissi was scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and speak at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.

According to the state-owned daily Al-Ahram, the purpose of el-Sissi’s visit was to conclude a $2 billion arms deal funded mainly by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Gen. Hossam Sweilam, a retired Egyptian army general who maintains close contact with the military, also said the deal would be finalized in Moscow.

The visit comes nearly three months after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shogiu visited Cairo.

Moscow has been trying to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-US relations soured in the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster and the subsequent crackdown on his Islamist supporters that has left hundreds dead and thousands arrested. The United States has been Cairo’s chief foreign backer and benefactor since the 1970s.

El-Sissi , who overthrew Morsi after days of mass street protests demanding he step down, is widely expected to announce he will run for president in elections likely due in late April.

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