Egypt's already strained relations with the Soviet Union have taken another turn for the worse following President Anwar Sadat's decision to stop cotton shipments to Russia.
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Background: Egypt's already strained relations with the Soviet Union have taken another turn for the worse following President Anwar Sadat's decision to stop cotton shipments to Russia.
SYNOPSIS: The President made the announcement during a meeting at Ras Elting Palace in Alexandria, Egypt, on Sunday (14 August).
He visited the palace to address Egyptians studying in the United States, the Soviet Union and Canada, and received a warm welcome form them.
Mr. Sadat, who was accompanied by his wife, said he had ordered the stoppage of cotton exports because Moscow had invited an Eastern bloc country not to fulfil a tanks deal for which Egypt had paid in foreign currency. The tanks should have been delivered more than a year ago. But less than a quarter of the order only had been met. "I don't know", he said, "whether the remaining three-quarters of the shipment will be received or not". The semi-official Cairo daily newspaper Al-Ahram named the second country on Monday (15 August) as Czechoslovakia, which had stopped delivery of tanks because of what the paper described as "Soviet incitements". Cairo newspapers claimed that the Soviet Union had also placed an embargo on the supply of spare parts for weapons already supplied to Egypt. For more than 20 years, the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc were the main importers of cotton--Egypt's key cash crop. they took it in exchange for shipments of arms and industrial exports.
President Sadat said the decision to prevent the delivery of the rest of the tanks was taken at a tie when President Jimmy Carter of the United States had asked the U.S. Congress to approve the sale to Egypt of weapons worth 250 million dollars.