Thursday, December 13, 2007

Russia versus the USA and France in Algeria.


In March 2006, Russia and Algeria signed military equipment contracts worth around $8 billion. This was after Putin had visited Algeria.

In August 2006, the state gas companies of Algeria and Russia signed a cooperation pact.

In 2006, Algeria supported Russia’s suggestion of creating a ‘natural gas OPEC’.

However, on 10 December 2006, the terror began. A bus carrying foreign oil workers was bombed 10 km (6 miles) west of Algiers, killing the Algerian driver and a Lebanese worker.

On 4 March 2007, a Russian was killed in a roadside attack southwest of Algiers on a bus carrying workers for a Russian gas pipeline construction company.

The Algerian oil and gas company then declared that it was stopping cooperation with Russia's Gazprom.

And, Algeria suspended weapons supplies from Russia.

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Strategy and Technology Analysis Center, believes “there is a confrontation of interests between military and energy officials” in Algeria’s political elite.

“In both groups, there are pro-Russia, pro-France, and pro-American groupings which fight for their partners’ interests. At least six ‘clans’ confront each other, winning in turns,” the expert said. (One-Sided Cooperation)



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