The tectonic shifts observed in the Middle East following Obama’s Syria debacle appear to be increasingly harder to conceal: Not only has the US Navy withdrew most of its ships from the region, but the Russian navy is now massively present in its stead.
The fresh Russian deal with the Egyptian junta , detailed in the report below, suggests not only a new Russian naval base in Alexandria, but also strategic Russian missiles (both defensive and offensive) to be supplied to Egypt (with Saudi funding) as counter-weight to Iran’s Shiite Crescent . It’s noteworthy to mention that Russia refuses to sell Iran the very same weapon systems it offers Egypt – an awakening call to anyone who thinks Russia is Iran’s “ally”.
Long term, the Israelis might feel threatened by state of the art Russian weapon systems at the hands of their southern neighbor, despite their present alliance with the Egyptian Junta vs. Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood , although the fundamental Egyptian interest would be to maintain Israel as a buffer zone facing the Eastern empire (Iran) – such has been the state of affairs throughout much of the biblical period, by the way.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu start a two-day visit to Cairo Wednesday, Nov. 13, to wind up a major sale of advanced Russian weaponry for the Egyptian army and the Russian Navy’s access to port facilities on the Mediterranean.
Moscow has agreed to equip Egypt with a sophisticated combined double-layered system which covers both its defensive and offensive requirements.
The first layer will provide a shield against attack by stealth aircraft, drones and cruise missiles for all of Egypt’s airspace, including the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and its coastal waters, up to the central Mediterranean.
The second layer will be built around sophisticated surface missiles with ranges that cover all points in the Middle East including Iran. Moscow and Cairo are keeping the types of missiles secret...planning is already underway for the deployment of some 1,500 Russian military personnel in Egypt to have the new missiles up and running and local personnel trained in their use by mid-2014. A similar number of Russian naval and marine servicemen have been assigned to setting up the naval base, most probably in Alexandria.
We have learned that the visiting Russian ministers and Egypt’s rulers will also discuss permission for Russian warships to dock in Egypt’s Red Sea waters opposite the Saudi coast.