After Egyptian President Anwar Sadat took the peace initiative last November, the Soviet Union galvanized its propaganda machine to set up a barrage against Egypt. The Kremlin has directly commanded actions to split the Arab ranks and disrupt Arab unity. Brezhnev personally came out with a statement on February 21, saying, "The imperialists strive to split the national-liberation movement, to find in its ranks conciliators and capitulators." Directing the spearhead of his attack at Egypt, he slandered the Egyptian leadership as having "embarked on the road of separate deals with Israel."