On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Algeria for an unannounced visit, during which he is expected to meet his counterpart Ramtane Lamamra and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to Algiers International Channel.
The official channel stated that “the visit arrives in occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Algeria and Russia “, without further details.
Neither the Russian nor the Algerian foreign ministry had announced the visit in precedence and Lavrov’s agenda for this week did not include any visits in Algeria or in any other country in the Maghreb region.
European countries such as Spain depend on Algerian gas to provide for their needs, while there is talk of banning exports of Russian oil to Europe.
The last visit by the Russian foreign minister in Algeria dates back to January 2019, more than two months before the resignation of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika under pressure from the army and unprecedented popular protests.
The Algerian president spoke on the phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last month, and “the two presidents agreed on the importance of a high-level exchange of visits between the officials of the two countries, and the upcoming meeting of the joint committee. for economic cooperation, “which was postponed due to the Corona pandemic, according to the Algerian presidency.
Algeria and Moscow have historical relations, both on an economic level, with exchanges of 4.5 billion dollars, as Lavrov had announced in his last visit in Algeria before President Tebboune came to power in December 2019.
Algeria is also coordinating with Russia in the context of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, as well as in the meetings of the “OPEC +” oil exporting countries.
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