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Monday, October 24, 2016

The results of the talks Putin: Russia will supply gas to Egypt instead of a tourist

Russian tourists have given a new batch of enticing promises about Egypt. For implementation of measures for the resumption of flights and restoration of the tourist flow on Tuesday in a telephone conversation expressed the two countries ‘ presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. However, in the uncertain tone of the statements is to assume that Russia continues to be “behind the scenes struggle”, where a bargaining chip is exactly the return of our compatriots to the Egyptian resorts.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

On the eve of the Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, said that the results of the April inspections of airports of Egypt newly discovered violations in their work. All the accumulated observations handed over to the Egyptian colleagues. However, he found it difficult to give a timeframe for the resumption of flights between Russia and Egypt, although at the end of April, the Deputy Minister of transport Nikolay Asaul said that the first Russian plane in the direction of the Egyptian pyramids will be able to fly until the end of 2016.

The Russian government almost as a mantra, that the flights in this direction will be resumed when the Egyptian authorities will provide security for tourists from Russia. In this regard, as again I do not recall the recent words of Nikolai Asaul that the Ministry of transport is actively working with the airports of Egypt, to ensure that safety is consistent with international and Russian requirements and when will be one hundred percent confidence that flights will be resumed. And so for nearly six months, that is, literally since the closure of Egypt.

Recall, this same position was announced on the “straight line” with Vladimir Putin. Responding to a question about Egypt, the President said that while the algorithm works to ensure the safety of passengers in local airports are not found. Work is underway to develop ways to screen passengers, baggage, catering and aircraft maintenance that will make the arrival and departure of tourists safe. Meanwhile, Putin stressed that at the moment the Russian leadership simply has no right not to tell people what to go there, where almost every day there are clashes with the radicals, dangerous.

However, for the travel industry, the situation is relatively transparent. The current situation in the world is that to give absolute security guarantees, nobody can. So keep Egypt in limbo indefinitely. Besides, the economy of our country such a ban even beneficial, as “closed” Egypt (along with Turkey), without any additional costs to the promotion of otechestvennyh resorts dramatically increases the statistics of domestic tourist traffic.

However, “MK” wrote that in the case of Egypt can be opened and other circumstances not directly related to the tourism industry. In November last year, a few weeks after the cessation of flights between the two countries, became aware of the fact that Egypt is going to buy from Russia a large shipment of arms. On the eve of may holidays Cairo turned to Moscow with a request for the supply of electronic systems for the helicopter carrier type “Mistral”, which Egypt bought from France. At the talks with the “Rosoboronexport”, which are scheduled in may, the Egyptian military will provide a request for specific samples. The cost of the transaction according to preliminary data, exceeds $ 1 billion.

However, a source familiar with the situation, believes that Russia’s interests in the negotiations on Egypt is hardly limited to matters of defense. Most likely, they will have a fairly wide range. Here, for example, can get open last year off the coast of Egypt is one of the largest natural gas fields. Gas reserves are sufficient to provide Egypt with fuel for several decades. Egypt itself does not have sufficient production capacities for independent gas production on a significant scale, therefore, a question arises about the sale of rights to develop the field. Debate between Russian and Western companies are developing. But given Russia a trump card against Egypt, you can count on the priority of Russian producers.

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