Russia, Algeria Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Russian Chief of Staff General Anatoly Kvashnin and his Algerian counterpart General Mohammed Lamari signed a defense treaty Tuesday aimed at boosting military trade and cooperation ties, RIA Novosti reported. 

Russia had also been expected to agree the sale of 22 SU-24 fighter planes to Algeria as part of a deal worth 120 million dollars, but there was no immediate information about such a deal being signed. 

"Our military cooperation will develop in the area of technology, joint military and scientific research, and the mutual development of military personnel," Kvashnin was quoted as saying. 

He said that future-working groups would fill in the details of Tuesday's agreement that would allow the two sides to develop military ties "in every direction." 

The current civil war in Algeria, which broke out in 1992 after the military stepped in to deny certain electoral victory by the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), has claimed more than 100,000 lives – MOSCOW (AFP) 


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