ALGERIA / RUSSIA: EXEMPLARY RELATIONS

“We would like our relations with our friends around the world to be at the same level as those that bind us to Algeria.”

These are the words of Viktor Bondarev, chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation (Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament) at the end of the hearing granted to him by the President of the Nation (the Upper House of the Algerian Parliament), Abdelkader Bensalah.

During his visit on November 13th in Algiers, the Russian parliamentarian hailed in a statement to the press the “high” level of bilateral relations on several fronts linking Algeria to Russia.

As part of the military cooperation between Algeria and Russia, Viktor Bondarev discussed the military cooperation between Algeria and Russia with representatives of the Algerian Ministry of Defense.

Quoted by his press service on Wednesday, he said:

“At the request of the Algerian side, the possibility of setting up a joint venture for manufacturing, repairing, extending the service life and disposal of guided and unguided munitions in Algeria will be examined.”

While reiterating his country’s commitment to promoting these relations for the common interests of the peoples of both countries, Mr. Bondarev said that he had discussed the parliamentary relations with Mr. Bensalah, in particular the cooperation agreement signed in 2014 between the Algerian Senate and the Council of the Russian Federation.

For his part, Mr. Bensalah, speaking on the quality of bilateral relations between Algeria and Russia, said that these are historical “lasting and steady”.

According to him, after-sales service projects of Russian military production are also at different stages of development.

He added that Russia is considering strengthening its arms deliveries to Algeria.

“At present, the possibility of a delivery of new weapons and military equipment that have not yet been exported to Algeria is being examined to promote Russian interests in the conditions of competition in the Algerian arms market.”

He referred to Algerian Defense reports that, over the past decade, Algeria has bought Russian weapons worth more than $26 billion (€ 23 billion).

Recall that during his official visit to Moscow on February 18th and 19th, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel held high-level talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and then with the Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev and finally, with the Vice-President of the Council of the Federation, Ilias Oumakhanov.

During these interviews, the issues of strategic partnerships concerning military-technical, scientific, energy, industrial and cultural cooperation were discussed.

The visit of the Algerian Minister was also an opportunity to discuss international and regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Syria, Libya, the Western Sahara issue, as well as the Palestinian question, and the fight against terrorism, and radicalization, on which Russia and Algeria are in perfect agreement, according to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Recall, that in addition to the present head of the Algerian delegation of the International Nuclear Energy Forum in Sochi between May 14th and 16th, Mustapha Guitouni, the Algerian Minister of Energy is talking with Alexey Likhachev, the CEO of the Russian state-owned Rosatom nuclear company, about cooperation between the two countries in the field of civilian nuclear power.

According to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Energy, the two officials mentioned bilateral cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy.

According to the press release, “The talks focused on the state of cooperation relations between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy as well as its energy and non-energy uses for peaceful purposes and the prospects for their development.”

In order to make this program a reality, Algeria has signed several bilateral cooperation agreements with several countries, including Russia, in addition to multilateral cooperation within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The nuclear agreement between Algeria and Russia was signed in 2014. The Russian agency Rosatom announced, for this purpose, that Algeria was planning the construction of a nuclear power plant with a pressurized water reactor by 2025.

It should be noted that the theme of the 2018 edition of the Forum was “Global Partnership-Common Success”. The most current issues of nuclear engineering and its energy and non-energy applications for peaceful purposes will be addressed.

How pleasing is it to have various technological, scientific and other advances be used to multiply, consolidate and diversify diplomatic, economic and even friendly relations between countries and peoples!

States that advocate and encourage such initiatives, where the interests of each partner are respected and preserved, should be taken as an example in order to promote the climate of trust that must be the basis of any relationship.

We congratulate Algeria and Russia for the strong and favorable relations that they maintain; may they continue for a long time …