November 15, 2013
Russia’s defence and foreign ministers have ended a highly
anticipated two-day visit to Cairo, with officials from both countries
promising deeper ties but offering few specifics and making no mention
of a much-rumoured multibillion-dollar arms deal.
The visit comes as many in Egypt begin to see Russia as a more
reliable ally than the US, which has become increasingly unpopular
because of its perceived support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its mild
criticism of the military’s removal of President Mohamed Morsi in July.
Posters of Russian President Vladimir Putin have become a common
sight around the country, with the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper even
publishing photographs on Thursday of a “Thanks, Putin” poster hung by
residents of Luxor.