Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Algeria today for talks focusing on arms and energy.
During his one-day visit, Medvedev will meet with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as well as the country's prime minister and parliamentary leaders.
Russia's ties to the North African nation date back to the Soviet era when Moscow was its main supplier of arms.
The two countries are also part of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, a loose grouping of major gas-producing countries.
compiled from agency reports