Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is "ready to fully transparently transfer his powers" to the next elected president, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday after holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Lamamra stated that President Bouteflika has decided not to participate in the next elections slated for April 18, adding that the elections will be postponed.

"The new date of the presidential elections will be decided in this independent national conference," he concluded.

Lavrov on his part commented on the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker's recent statement that Russia has benefited from the Baltic States' NATO membership.

"If [Walker] by saying 'peace prevails', if it is supposed to be a policy of Latvia and Estonia to perpetuate 'statelessness', a policy (in Latvia, for example) to oust Russian language from the sphere of education, and, in fact, from all spheres of public life, if by the fact that 'peace prevails' there we mean regular neo-Nazi marches, indulging radical nationalists and stimulating the split of society into radicals, neo-Nazis and anti-fascists, then I very much doubt that such a 'peace' is beneficial to the Russian Federation," Lavrov said.

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