CAIRO: Amr Moussa met the Russian Foreign Minister’s special Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process Sergei Vershinin and Russian ambassador to Cairo Serge V. Kirpochenko to discuss the crises in the Ukraine, Syria and Palestine Wednesday.
Moussa, who is the head of advisory board of the presidential campaign for Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, as well as a former head of the Arab League, announced the three had met on his Facebook page Thursday.
Moussa said Vershinin viewed the Russian decision to annex Crimea as “irreversible,” and said that Moscow was interested in the stability of Ukraine as a neighboring country.
Following demonstrations in Kiev in February, Russia announced its annexation of Crimea, and on March 18 Russia and Crimea signed a treaty of accession following a referendum among Crimeans.
Vershinin told Moussa the Syrian crisis revolves around three key matters: chemical, political and humanitarian, and said Russia would support the Geneva III talks. Moussa said both parties commended the word of U.S. Secretary of State regarding peace talks in Palestine.
Sisi, the former defense minister who announced his presidential bid March 26, is widely expected to become Egypt’s next president. Before leaving his post, Sisi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy travelled to Moscow for talks with their Russian counterparts, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, on February 13, 2014.
Recent signs of Egyptian-Russian rapprochement fueled a split in views on the nature and future of bilateral relations. While some analysts perceive signs of a historic shift toward Russia, others are more doubtful and see the continuation as an Egyptian “ploy” to pressure the United States, with which relations have cooled since June 30.