Russia has surprisingly shied away from supporting the authoritarian status quo in Algeria as it seeks to secure its long term interest in the North African country, notably in terms of armament contracts. It was not a coincidence that Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra paid his first international visit to white wash the regime to Moscow earlier this month. But to his disappointment Moscow fell short of showing its outright support for Bouteflika’s proposal to quell protests. “Russia’s cautious reaction to unrest in Algeria reflects Moscow’s desire to maintain long-term influence in Algeria, regardless of the outcome of the protests,” a Policy brief published by Carnegie said. For Moscow, Algeria has been a backer of its anti-Arab Spring stances.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 23, 2019 16:07 UTC