The Russian Southern Military Region announced that it will carry out joint anti-terrorist exercises between the Russian and Algerian ground forces, setting the date of completion for next November, according to RT reported yesterday.
In a statement released, the command of the Southern Military Region said: “The first planning conference was held in the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, the capital of the Republic of Ossetia, to prepare the joint Russian-Algerian anti-terrorist exercises, which are scheduled for November this year.
The maneuvers will take place at the Hammaguir base in the Béchar region, on the border with Morocco, in the southwest of the Algerian country. Both armies coordinated the choice of the exercise venue and the organization of logistics, including accommodation procedures. The statement added that the maneuvers will consist of tactical movements to seek, detect and destroy illegal armed groups. The Russian Defense note specified that some 80 Russian soldiers will participate on it.
It was noted that the combat maneuver plan for the forces of the Southern Military District for 2022 provides for the participation of soldiers from the region in international exercises with units of the armed forces of Algeria, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
These joint exercises are part of the Russian-Algerian cooperation, which is reflected in the recent visit of the Algerian foreign minister to Moscow on April 4 to meet with the head of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, where they agreed on new “axes and prospects for strengthening cooperation between the two countries”. He also held discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On the same day, the president of the Algerian National Popular Assembly, Brahim Boughali, received the Russian ambassador in Algiers on Monday and reiterated Algeria’s attachment to its “strategic” and “deep” partnership.