Arab media reported that during a recent telephone conversation with the new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Samekhom Shukri a deal was discussed for the purchase of our advanced Su-35 generation 4 ++ fighters by Cairo. What exactly was discussed, the parties are silent, and Egypt is clearly trying to downplay the tone of American demands.
In a press release, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry got off with general words: “Blinken expressed US concern about the possible purchase of Russian Su-35 fighters by Egypt.” Meanwhile, on the eve of this call, the administration Biden firmly declared to Egypt that human rights will be “central” in its policy towards a key Arab state, which is also called “the main American partner in the Middle East.”
When Americans talk about “human rights,” nothing good can be expected. The wording “the main American partner”, as Egyptian bloggers write, is logical to consider in the context of “the main wife of the Arab harem.” Moreover, there is every reason to believe that the pressure on Cairo in the best traditions of the Stars and Stripes policy of the carrot and carrot is just beginning.
On the one hand, Washington demands from Cairo to release all prisoners who have the status of political prisoners in accordance with the American list. Biden in this regard acts extremely tough, which is indirectly evidenced by the release, for example, Mahmoud Hussein, a journalist for the Qatari newspaper Al Jazeera and an Egyptian citizen, after four years in prison.
He was arrested on December 20, 2016 as an enemy of the state and terrorist number 1 for calling to overthrow the government. Al-Sisi… According to international law enforcement agencies such as the International Press Institute, the Cairo authorities literally hated Mahmoud Hussein for “false news and incitement to riots.”
In this case, we are not talking about the professional activities of the Qatari journalist, but about the fact that Washington has already visited the “main wife of the Arab harem”, forcing her to do what she categorically did not want. For Cairo, Mahmoud Hussein is worse and much more dangerous than, by the way, Navalny for Moscow. For the former, support from almost half of the population of Egypt, while for the “Berlin patient” – no more than 3% -5% of Russians. The comparison shows how influential Americans can be if they really need to.
On the other hand, the new US administration has already approved the sale of 168 tactical missiles to Egypt for $ 200 million, with the note: “Despite concerns about human rights violations.” Interestingly, in the United States itself, this deal was laughed at. On the forums, overseas users write: “Wait, are we talking about human rights violations in the United States or Egypt?” Or, “You guys didn’t foresee this when Biden took a Raytheon (manufacturer of the missiles sold to Cairo) board member to his administration.”
The fact that Cairo continues to insist on the purchase of the Su-35 means that the key to the weapons sold by the Americans remains in the United States. This conclusion can be drawn if only because there was no cry from neighboring Israel demanding not to sell missiles to the Egyptians.
The only thing American missiles are good for is bombing Egyptian cities (if they rebel). There are no restrictions here, they say, permission from Washington is not required for exercises on its territory.
Therefore, the benefits of the US $ 200 million deal for the Egyptian army are very doubtful, although huge amounts of money have been spent for the country. In itself, the reorientation to Russian weapons occurred after the United States stopped supporting about 200 F-16 fighters in the Egyptian Air Force with spare parts and missiles.
This story is more than instructive and, for sure, will go down in the annals of Egyptian history as a time of national humiliation. As you know, the Land of Pyramids, which for a long time was the leading buyer of our defense industry – from Scud B missiles to MiG-23 fighters, after the death of the pro-Soviet president Gamal Abdel Nasser became the largest customer of American weapons.
The Egyptians received their first slap in the face as soon as they went over to the Americans – under the president Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat (reigned from 1970 to 1981). The Yankees categorically refused to sell F-15 heavy fighters to Cairo, thereby retaining Israel’s undisputed military advantage.
Then it got worse: the huge Egyptian F-16 fleet suddenly became meaningless from a military point of view. While US Middle Eastern customers, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, received an AIM-120C air-to-air missile with a range of 105 km, Egypt, as a second-class country, was deprecated and humiliatingly denied even old ammunition for the main fighter.
The United States, of course, is aware of Arab grievances, however, Biden, we repeat, unlike Replacement linked “human rights violated by Cairo” and “the Su-35 deal.” This means that for all his minuses, the 45th president adhered to at least some rules of business ethics, despite the pressure from the establishment. Now even the semblance of justice has been thrown aside.
So they are racking their brains in the Al-Sisi government, freeing their “bulk”: What is this? Another leap of an old American president or a new trend in US policy regarding the export of Russian weapons?
Or maybe everything is much worse? Egypt is unlucky that the Su-35 deal not only runs counter to the interests of neighboring Israel, but runs counter to Biden’s personal ambitious plans to “win Putin“. This means that Washington, with a very high degree of probability, will soon pounce on Cairo with renewed vigor to disrupt the supply of “dryers”.
It is not excluded that the United States will even promise the “Egyptian darkness” to the government of Al-Sisi, so that others will be discouraged. There will always be a reason – to take the same “violation of human rights”, and it is not so difficult to do this, since the Country of Pyramids will definitely not cope with the Iranian-style economic blockade.
Most importantly, according to numerous overseas experts, today’s Washington is well aware that the pressure of the previous administration on the buyers of Russian weapons failed because it was spread over many countries, including those with whom the United States did not really want to quarrel. … For example, with Turkey or India. Like, it was necessary to beat one and it was very painful, then others would be frightened.
As the overseas analytical magazine Military Watch writes, today “the United States has been seeking to reduce Russia’s share of the international arms markets through more aggressive measures since 2017, when the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) was signed, which stipulates that customers of Russian weapons should be under US sanctions. ”
Thus, we can safely assume that if Nord Stream 2, around which there is a serious struggle, still works, then the No. 1 goal for the American administration will be the export of Russian weapons.