BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Lebanon has accepted military aid from the Russian Federation, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Monday evening.
Hariri’s media office quoted the premier as saying that the Al-Akhbar report claiming that Lebanon rejected Russia’s military aid was “devoid of truth.”
“The Press Office clarifies that this is not true and that the Russian side was informed of the acceptance to receive the donation, from which the Internal Security Forces in the Ministry of Interior will benefit,” the premier’s office said.
However, despite Hariri’s claims, Reuters reported that a Lebanese Army source confirmed that they rejected the Russian military’s offer due to technical reasons.
“A military source confirmed the army had declined the offer, saying this was for technical reasons linked to the types of weapons used by the Lebanese military and had nothing to do with politics,” Reuters reported.