Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
- Although the United States continues to be its chief provider, Egypt has diversified its weapons supply, purchasing more arms from Europe and Russia since 2014 than ever before.
- Europe and Russia have welcomed sales to Egypt (and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa) as their traditional market (NATO allies and other European states) has not grown since 2012.
- The increased ties that the arms sales have engendered between European countries and Egypt have brought about backlash for their perceived “stamp of approval” on political repression and rights abuse, both from rights groups and factions within the European Union.
Since 2014, military sales from several European countries—most notably France and Germany, along with Russia—have provided Egypt with over $20 billion in defense articles…
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