Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - US Senator Marco Rubio, vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, has called for sanctions against Algeria for buying Russian arms in violation of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. This was reported by the Morocco World News news portal on September 18.
In a September 14 letter to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Senator Rubio called for "proper identification of parties whose significant purchases of Russian military equipment are contributing to Russia's destabilizing actions." R
ubio called Algeria in his letter "the world's fourth largest buyer of Russian weapons, culminating in a $7 billion arms deal in 2021", believing that any "inflow of money from any source into Russia would only further energize the Russian war machine in Ukraine".
However, the sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act have yet to be enforced, Senator Rubio warned. According to the Florida Republican Senator, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Public Law 115-44) allows sanctions against any party that "has engaged in significant transactions with members of the defense or intelligence sectors of the government of the Russian Federation."
“Accordingly, I urge you to take seriously the threat that Russia continues to pose to global stability and to properly identify the parties whose significant purchases of Russian equipment allow Russia to engage in destabilizing actions,” concluded US Senator Rubio.
Deliveries from Russia account for about 80% of Algerian arms imports. Algeria, according to press reports, should also become the first buyer of promising 5th generation Su-57E fighters.