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Tebboune is on the “balanced diplomacy” boat.. 4 goals for visiting Russia

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune intends to visit Moscow in the coming days to lay the framework for a new phase of military and economic cooperation between the two countries.

It is expected that the Algerian president’s visit to Russia will lead to the signing of several cooperation agreements and a strategic partnership agreement in economic and military affairs.

In May 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to visit Moscow, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from making the trip.

However, Russia renewed the invitation in July 2022, during a phone call between the two presidents, and preparatory consultations for the visit began.

strategic partnership

Last November, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra told the Russian agency “Sputnik”: “We have a wide-ranging and long-term cooperation programme. Algeria and Russia are important partners for each other.”

“We are conducting a high-level political dialogue, and we hope that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s visit to Russia will mark the beginning of a new phase in our relations,” he added.

Two months before these statements, the Russian ambassador to Algeria, Valerian Shuvaev, said in press statements that the Algerian president had informed Putin of his desire to visit Moscow, indicating that there was “a preliminary decision” to conduct the visit before the end of this year.

The Russian ambassador pointed to what he described as “important events in terms of bilateral relations” during the visit, and said: “Important events await us in relations between Algeria and Moscow until the end of this year.”

He added that these important developments come within “a joint endeavor to expand the fields of civil cooperation between Algeria and Russia, and we are working hard to strengthen partnership in energy, mines, industry and scientific research.”

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced that there is an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the President of Algeria to visit Moscow, and the Russian side is awaiting a decision.

At that time, the Algerian authorities, according to the Russian official, wanted to complete the arrangements for the Russian-Algerian partnership agreements before announcing the exact date of the trip.

military cooperation

On November 8, the Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters that Moscow was waiting for Algeria’s decision on Tebboune’s visit, revealing that the visit could take place by the end of 2022.

Media sources said that Algeria will sign a huge contract with Russia to supply weapons worth between $12-17 billion during the upcoming visit.

The “Africa Intelligence” website, in turn, revealed that negotiations are now underway to conclude a framework agreement on Russian military supplies to Algeria for the next ten years, which will come within the framework of the official visit of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to Moscow.

On the other hand, voices rose in the United States, calling for Algeria to be punished within the framework of the Anti-American Adversaries Act, due to the amount of weapons it acquired from Russia, which is fighting a war against Western-backed Ukraine.

In September, the Vice Chairman of the Intelligence Committee in the US Senate, Marco Rubio, called for imposing sanctions on Algeria for its purchase of Russian weapons, and the fact that these deals are in the interest of providing financial capabilities to Moscow to support its war on Ukraine.

Rubio sent a letter to the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, in which he emphasized that he draws attention to “the ongoing defense purchases between the Republic of Algeria and Russia,” adding that “Russia is the largest military supplier to Algeria, and Algeria is also among the four largest buyers of Russian weapons worldwide.” world, culminating in a $7 billion arms deal in 2021.

He added, “As you know, Section 231 of CAAA directs the President to impose sanctions on parties involved in significant transactions with representatives of the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation. The President has delegated that authority to the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury “.

In the opinion of the US senator, “the flow of money from any source to Russia will only further empower the Russian war machine in Ukraine.”

BRICS

In addition to defense cooperation and strategic partnership, the Algerian president is seeking, during his visit to Russia, to discuss ways to obtain greater support from Moscow for Algeria’s accession to the “BRICS” organization.

Last Thursday, President Tebboune revealed in his speech to the press that the year 2023 will culminate in Algeria’s entry into the “BRICS” organization, which requires continuing efforts in the field of investment and economic and human development on the one hand, and moving to higher levels of export, on the other hand.

He added, “When our crude domestic product exceeds $200 billion, then we can say that we are close to the BRICS.”

Regarding the position of the members of the organization on Algeria’s desire to join it, he stressed that China, Russia and South Africa welcomed this, adding that work is continuing to materialize the matter before the end of 2023, through the official presence of Algeria in the meeting of the organization.

According to Tebboune, Algeria’s accession to the “BRICS” group will open promising prospects for investment in Algeria and partnership with it in various economic fields, especially in the field of mines and infrastructure, stressing that it constitutes a “strong economic base.”

In this regard, President Tebboune expressed his hope to establish joint investments with the countries of the group to implement the Trans-African train project, which will allow linking Algeria with the Sahel countries.

balanced policy

During his regular meeting with representatives of the media, Tebboune stressed that Algeria seeks to live in peace in the Mediterranean, and works to help countries that need it free of charge, as well as not to encroach on the other and not to take sides.

On accepting the invitation of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to visit Russia, Tebboune affirmed that Russia “is a friendly country and our relations are good with it, dating back more than 60 years. We will visit Russia, and the same will happen with China, where we will go there as well.”

He said that Algeria has good relations with Asian countries and Latin American countries, and its relations with Europe “exist and we are moving towards strengthening them more,” and “we consider the United States and India as two friendly countries,” an indication of Algeria’s pursuit of balanced diplomacy towards all parties.

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