The Lebanese Ambassador to Russian Federation, Chawki Bou Nasser told Sputnik News on Tuesday that Beirut requested a large number of Kornet ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles), T-72 Tanks, and advanced cannons from Moscow.
“Lebanon needs weapons to fight these people [terrorists], and especially the Russian rockets, there is one well known, Kornet, because Lebanon got some of the weapons and used them effectively, and is still working with the Russian side to provide these kinds of weapons… Kornet, and the cannons, and the tanks, T-72 tanks, although old — but Russia promised to renovate them and to update the systems in these tanks — and of course the shells for the cannons, ammunition,” Nassar said.
“Lebanon is, of course, expecting to get these within a year,” the ambassador said, expressing hope that Russia will also follow up on its previous pledge to supply up to nine helicopters through a grant.
Lebanon has experienced a large influx of terror-related activities after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) first targeted the town of Jaroud Qa’a in the Beqa’a Governorate.
Due to growing security concerns, the Lebanese government and military have reached reached out to a number of countries for assistance, including the Russian Federation.
With the Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda group) terrorists wrecking havoc near the Syrian border, Lebanon’s internal security is at the utmost importance for the government in Beirut.
The ambassador stressed that Lebanon needs weapons to fight terrorist groups, such as the Daesh and the Nusra Front, on the Syrian border. The two jihadist militant organizations, both outlawed in many countries, including Russia, have seized parts of Syria.