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The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, will visit Algeria this Tuesday, an important ally of Moscow, a gas exporter and increasingly sought after by a Europe that wants to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

Lavrov arrived in Algiers on Monday night and is expected to meet with his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, and later with the President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to the local press.

The visit, Lavrov’s first to Algeria since January 2019, coincides with his 60th. anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Algeria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone with Tebboune on April 18 to discuss, inter alia, “coordination within OPEC+ (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies) and the situation in Ukraine”, according to with the official Russian agency TASS.

Algeria, one of the world’s leading gas exporters, supplies around 11% of the gas consumed in Europe, while Russia is responsible for supplying 47%.

Several countries that want to reduce their dependence on Russian energy, following the invasion of Ukraine, have turned to Algeria, despite being an ally of Moscow.

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