Thursday, February 23, 2017

Russia’s ‘share of influence’ in Mideast should be controllable

He said: “At this point in time, Egypt is facing crises both in security and economic terms, and if the current trend continues, El-Sisi’s government might collapse.”
“We took a decision in summer, after much deliberation, to trust Mr. El-Sisi and send our ambassador to Cairo, but the president abused our trust. El-Sisi’s agreement with Russia to jointly establish a military base near the town of Sidi Barrani, supporting Russia regarding the Syrian issue, Egypt’s role in organizing and reviving of some Palestinian groups, and El-Sisi’s silence towards the transfer of weapons to Gaza are the main causes of creation of a crisis in Tel Aviv-Cairo relations,” Nahshon explained. “Egyptian president shouldn’t forget how and with whose support he came to power.”
In response to a question concerning when the ambassador will be sent back to Egypt he said: “If El-Sisi persists on his hypocrisy, the Middle East will become very unstable. We will not send our ambassador to Egypt nor will we have any diplomatic relationship with the country until our interests be fully safeguarded there and the president proves his good intention toward Israel.”
At the end, Nahshon pointed out: “El-Sisi must bear in mind that Moscow has never been a player in the Middle East, it just has always been given a share of influence in the region in a controllable way. Cairo shouldn’t rely too much on its relations with Russia.”

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