Should Washington’s decision to interrupt it’s financial aid to Egypt, following General Al-Sissi’s coup d’état, be interpreted as the application of the law banning financial support to political regimes having ascended to power by violating the constitution, or as a consequence of it’s failing economy. This is the question that Thierry Messan had raised earlier in our columns [1]. If the second hypothesis is correct, then the interruption of U.S. subsidies is comparable to the end of the USSR’s subsidies to its allies, which foreshadowed the fall of the Berlin wall, followed by the collapse of the USSR and the triumph of the United-States.

The fact remains that the Russian missile cruiser Varyag, sent to the Mediterranean, has docked in Alexandria on November 11th 2013. It is the first Russian military ship to make a stopover in Egypt since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On the 13th and 14th of November, a high-level Russian delegation, conducted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, will go to Cairo to negotiate the unrestricted sale of modern weaponry. Once again, this is a first for the new Russia. According to RIA-Novosti, Egypt is considering buying for a value of 4 billion dollars, including materials that Washington had refused to supply to them.

For it’s part, the Israeli press is trying to minimize the event by suggesting that the rapprochement between Moscow and Cairo is sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

Alizée Ville

[1] "Towards a World Without the United States", by Thierry Meyssan, Al-Watan (Syria), Voltaire Network, October 15, 2013.