Egypt teeters on the brink of civil war
Russian pundits discuss the potential outcomes of the current situation in Egypt
After mass protests took Egypt by storm, the army ousted its Islamist president Mohammed Morsi from power, temporarily suspended the constitution and requested Adly Mansour, President of the Constitutional Court, to serve as head of state for a transitional period.
Meanwhile, news of a massacre of Morsi loyalists seem to foreshadow more violent outbreaks in the near future. As the Muslim Brotherhood and the international media denounce the takeover as a “military coup”, President Vladimir Putin warns that Egypt could be heading for civil war.
According to the plan of the military, the next step for the country would be the establishment of a transitional government - but what is really in store for Egypt?
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Russian tourists are reluctant to cut their Egyptian vacation short as everything is quiet in resort towns, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia said
The Association of Tour Operators of Russia intends to ask the Transport Ministry and the federal Air Transport Agency to restrict flights from Russia to Egypt, ATOR Executive Director said on Friday
Egypt is facing a civil war with unpredictable consequences, Federation Council International Affairs Committee member, expert on the Middle East Igor Morozov said
Egyptian politicians must give up force methods of resolving issues existing between them and the Egyptian authorities should put priority on ensuring citizens' rights, the Russian Foreign Ministry said
With the toppling of the Egyptian president Morsi, it seems that Washington and Damascus, polar opposites in the political arena, might have found some common ground
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Egyptian Ambassador to Moscow Mahmoud Eldeeb have discussed practical aspects of the Russian-Egyptian cooperation amid the political events taking place in Egypt
Lavrov hopes national interests will determine new Egypt authorities' approach to contacts with Russia
Moscow is hopeful that Egypt's new authorities will be governed by the national interests of their country, including those related to long-term cooperation projects with Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said
Moscow hopes the constitutional declaration issued by the interim president will ease tensions in Egypt
Russia must play an active role in helping to restore stability in the country
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hopes problems arising in Egypt will be tackled peacefully, and that Russian-Egyptian relations will grow stronger.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all political groups in Egypt to exercise restraint and act without violence and recommended that Russian tourists refrain from traveling outside resort areas
Against the background of the political showdown in Egypt and its President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation, RBTH offers a selection of expert opinions from Russian observers on the future of the largest country in the Middle East