Sunday, August 13, 2023

Well, Well, Well.

After tribulations and layover in Helsinki and being mecilessly questioned by FSB Border Guards at Torfyanovka Crossing and spending a whole day in St. Petersburg with my classmates, I reached Moscow. So, here I am reporting from Moscow and getting ready to do more videos. For now we are staying with my dear friend from childhood and naval academy classmate and trying to figure out how to navigate their mosntrous 4,000+ sq.feet  three storey house. My buddy complains that he is not living well, LOL)) But seriously, after sleepless St.Petersburg--I mean it--most stores (forget cafes and restraunts), Galeria works 24/7. Humanity moves even in the night. 

Russia doesn't seem to be affected by SMO in any meaningful way, despite some certain things which are new for the country at war with combined West. I will omit here the glitz and sensory overload. But here is the thing which may have slipped under the radar. First, Egypt refuses to supply arms to 404, now this:

Cairo is working to attract more Russian investment and promote joint projects, according to the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI). The government body wants to facilitate foreign investment flows into the North African country.

“Russia is present in many investments in Egypt. They invest in a number of industries, such as food, oil, and engineering,” GAFI chief executive Hossam Heiba told RIA Novosti during a press conference this week. Moscow and Cairo have been ramping up economic cooperation and saw trade turnover jump to over $6 billion in 2022, marking a 30% increase on the previous year. Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the Russia-Africa Summit in July that relations with Egypt are strategic in nature, noting that the two countries have numerous large-scale joint projects. One such venture is Egypt’s first nuclear power plant at El Dabaa, which is currently under construction and is run by Russian state energy major Rosatom. The plant will consist of four units using Russia’s VVER technology, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW and equipped with generation III+ VVER-1200 reactors, the most advanced technology currently available. Egypt expects the facility to be operating at full capacity by 2030.

Keep in mind Soviet-Egyptian cooperation and the monument to it which is Aswan Dam and many other things. So, all of it is only natural. One can clearly see the dynamics of Russia's return to Maghreb and Arabs are impressed--first Syria, and now SMO. So, here is the situation, my friends, and stay tuned. 

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