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Lavrov: Algeria will not comply with US instructions regarding sanctions against Russia

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Moscow, February 1 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Algeria will not obediently follow instructions that directly contradict its national interests, commenting on the US Congress members’ intention to subject Algeria to sanctions due to cooperation with Russia.
Lavrov noted that a group of US congressmen had earlier addressed US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken with a proposal to “punish” Algeria for its refusal to support anti-Russian sanctions.
“Like the vast majority of other countries, Algeria is a country that respects itself and respects its history and interests. It is on this basis that the Republic builds its policy, and does not depend on behind-the-scenes agreements with those who promise.” Lavrov emphasized the “carrots”, but in fact they are only trying to infringe on the legitimate interests of their “partners”.

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The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune had a telephone conversation, during which they announced that cooperation between our two countries, based on traditions of friendship and mutual respect, is developing steadily. They also agreed to establish more active contacts at various levels and speed up the preparation of important documents.

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