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"Security Index": Russia’s Conventional Arms in the Middle East

02.12.2013

kalininaMOSCOW, DECEMBER 2, 2013. PIR PRESS – “In order to secure its geopolitical interests in the Greater Middle East and North Africa, Russia must, at the very least, keep Syria and Algeria in its sphere of influence; win a greater share of the Iraqi market; try to maintain, inasmuch as possible, its close ties with Iran; and strengthen its presence in Afghanistan after 2014. There are also opportunities for greater cooperation with Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen. These involve the use of subsidized loans, offset contracts, and other financing options”, – Natalia Kalinina, the Head of the Unconventional Threats Group at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

On November 14, 2013 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Cairo (Egypt) for a two-day negotiations with their Egyptian counterparts to discuss the expansion of Russian-Egyptian military cooperation. The visit came amid Cairo's attempts to secure military assistance after the USA suspended its $1.3 billion military aid to the country in response to its lack of democratic governance, a situation that has given Russia the opportunity to strengthen its relations with Egypt.

Being one of the key suppliers of conventional weapons to the Middle East, Russia is facing the same set of political challenges in the region that the other arms exporters are struggling with. Natalia Kalinina, Senior Fellow and Head of the Unconventional Threats Group at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences, offers an analytical review of the Middle Eastern conventional arms market and the Russia’s impact in her article “The Middle East: Hello to Russian Arms!”.

“In order to secure its geopolitical interests in the Greater Middle East and North Africa, Russia must, at the very least, keep Syria and Algeria in its sphere of influence; win a greater share of the Iraqi market; try to maintain, inasmuch as possible, its close ties with Iran; and strengthen its presence in Afghanistan after 2014. There are also opportunities for greater cooperation with Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen. These involve the use of subsidized loans, offset contracts, and other financing options”, – the expert agues.

The article by Natalia Kalinina will be published in the coming issue of the Security Index journal – No.4 (107), Winter 2013 (Russian edition) and No 1 (106), Winter 2014 (International edition) and is already available at our website (in Russian)

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