Egypt’s turn to Russia

It seems indeed that ‘better times’ is the proper way to describe the latest developments in Russian-Egyptian relations.

By JACQUES NERIAH
December 26, 2013 12:16
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Egypt's interim President Mansour with Russia’s FM Lavrov.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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In one of my encounters with the Soviet military attaché in Paris in the late 1980s, I was asked how many staff members were assigned to me at the Israeli Embassy. I answered that I was the only officer, and was assisted by two secretaries. I asked my Soviet counterpart how many people he had working with him, and he said “16.”

I was shocked at the high number. “What are you doing with so many officers and staff?” I asked. I remember his answer as if it was yesterday: “We are still waiting for better times!” This episode can easily apply to Egyptian-Russian relations as they emerge today. It seems indeed that “better times” is the proper way to describe the latest developments in Russian-Egyptian relations, after almost 30 years of strained, always problematic, and sometimes hostile relations.

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