Can EU stop Algeria from financing Russia through its military purchases?

By Farid Alilat
Posted on Thursday, 24 November 2022 10:19

The Algerian army’s Russian-made MI-26 helicopters during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Algeria's independence in Algiers on 5 July 2022. © NurPhoto via AFP

17 MEPs are calling on Ursula von der Leyen and the EU to revise the Association Agreement with Algeria on the grounds that it provides "political, logistical and financial support" to Russia in the war against Ukraine.

The Algerian authorities are under new pressure due to their close ties with the Russian Federation. This is despite the fact that the date of President Tebboune’s visit to Moscow is yet to be announced. 17 MEPs sent a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, on 16 November to ask that the Association Agreement between the EU and Algeria be revised. The deal was signed in 2002 and came into force in 2005.