Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, vowed on Wednesday before meeting Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, that Russia would help prevent “terrorism from advancing into Lebanon.”

Lavrov reiterated Russia’s support for the Lebanese army and the sovereignty of its land saying that Moscow “will exert efforts to fortify its security with all the available means.”

Bassil highlighted the importance of Russian-Lebanese relations, especially in countering radical Islamists.

He says: “Lebanon isn’t involved in the conflict in  Syria, but the crisis is having an impact on its territories. A weak Lebanon could become a hub for terrorists, but a strong Lebanon makes them weak.”

Bassil recognises the impact Russia has made and the “positive role played by Moscow in fighting terrorism in Syria.”


P. Antonopoulos is currently a Candidate for an MA Degree, writing his dissertation on the Saudi-Iranian Geopolitical Rivalry in the Syrian War.

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