Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2014

Egypt's Arms Deal with Russia: Potential Strategic Costs

David Schenker, Eric Trager

March 2014

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Cairo's possible purchase of advanced weapons systems from Russia could become another irritant in U.S.-Egyptian relations. As the crisis in Ukraine enters its second week, Egyptians are contrasting Washington's support for the popular revolt that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych with U.S. criticism of last year's coup in Cairo. The prevailing sentiment -- reflected in the op-eds of Egypt's leading dailies -- is that America is inconsistent and unreliable.