The Republican senator from Florida and vice president of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Marco Rubio, called for the imposition of sanctions on Russian arms purchases by Algeria, in conjunction with an Algerian-Russian rapprochement that includes, in particular, the military field.
In a letter to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinki, reported by the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, Rubio said he “writes with great concern about the ongoing defense procurement between the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Russian Federation,” adding that “Algeria is among the four largest buyers of Russian arms in the world” worldwide, culminating in a $7 billion arms deal in 2021.”
Addressing Blinken, he added: “As you know, Section 231 of the America’s Adversaries Against Sanctions Act of 2017 directs the President to impose sanctions on parties involved in significant transactions with representatives of the defense or intelligence sectors of the United States. Government of the Russian Federation. . The President delegated that authority to the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury.”
“Russia is Algeria’s largest military supplier,” Rubio said. Algeria is also among the four largest buyers of Russian arms worldwide, culminating in a $7 billion arms deal in 2021. An influx of money from any source to Russia will further strengthen the Russian war machine in Ukraine. However, the sanctions available to you have not yet been used.”
“Accordingly, I encourage you to take seriously the threat that Russia continues to pose to global stability and to properly identify the parties whose massive purchases of Russian materials are helping to destabilize Russia,” he concluded.
In recent months, Algeria has become a Russian destination par excellence, and the Moscow-Algeria line has become remarkably vital, which recalls the rapprochement that the two countries knew during the 1960s and 1970s, while officials confirm that it is about improving relations and highlights views that Moscow is seeking to circumvent the embargo and sanctions.
The Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federal Council, Viktor Bondaev, recently arrived in Algeria on an official visit at the invitation of the Algerian National Assembly, within the framework of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a statement from the Upper House of Parliament, where Viktor Bondayev met with his Algerian counterpart Salih Kojil, discussed the activation of the bilateral parliamentary cooperation protocol signed between the two councils on May 13, 2014, as well as the memorandum of understanding concluded between the administrations of two councils on December 11, 2010.
At a time when observers link the successive visits of Russian officials to Algeria with Moscow’s efforts to lift the siege imposed by the West, led by the United States, since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, some consider that “the matter is related to Moscow’s enlargement of its circle of allies, and then responding to the desire of the two countries to develop their cooperation in various fields after the Algerian situation of the current events in Ukraine, and the subsequent measures regarding the dossier of supply of gas to the countries of the European Union”.
What is striking about the Russian visits is that the military and security aspects predominate, despite the fact that NATO hastened to send a high-level delegation to Algeria after the departure of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. which left interpretations that did not cool. down.