As the situation in Egypt escalates, a source with very close ties to the Egyptian government tells Breitbart News that the country is preparing to send a diplomatic mission to Russia. While the Obama Administration sends conflicting messages about the conflict, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia have issued strong statements in support of the government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. America’s influence in the region is waning.
“They’re terrorists,” the source told Breitbart News in reference to people protesting in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. “They have machine guns, they have weapons…Hamas and other outside groups are pushing guns to them. Where is America?”
Breitbart News has also learned that Russia is offering the Egyptian government fighter jets and other military equipment. This week, President Obama announced that the US is suspending its planned joint military exercise with the Egyptian army. It seems the Russians are jumping in to fill the void left by the Americans.
“Sadat threw Russia out of Egypt,” the source told Breitbart News. “Peace came from that. If Russia reenters Egypt, they reenter the world.”
Russia’s moves to influence events in Egypt coincide with its effort to support the Assad regime in Syria. The government there seems to have a permanent upper-hand on the sectarian violence that has plunged the country into a civil war.
The dithering of the Obama Administration may result in Russia exerting greater influence in the region than at any time since the depths of the Cold War. Egypt and Syria could both become defacto client states of Putin’s Russia.
“Whoever loses Egypt, loses their place in the world,” the source continued. “Look at the Greeks, the Romans, the British, the Russians and, now, the US. Obama…McCain, they are giving it away.”
The Egyptian delegation to Russia is expected to leave in the coming days. Our source says they will also travel to the US. No word yet on what kind of reception it will receive.