Although the United States has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation since 1995, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov stated that:
‘Some say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. We maintain contacts and relations with them because we do not consider them a terrorist organization. They have never committed any terrorist acts on Russian territory. Hezbollah was elected by people to the Lebanese parliament. There are cabinet members and ministers who are from Hezbollah in Lebanon. It’s a legitimate socio-political force.’
Of the cabinet members and ministers that Bogdanov refers to, Hezbollah occupy 12 out of 128 seats of the Parliament of Lebanon and the minister of State as well as Agriculture.
Russia has been a staunch ally of both Hezbollah and the Syrian government. Russia’s airstrikes have worked in conjunction with the Hezbollah ground forces and the Syrian Arab Army in fighting radical Islamists in Syria since 30 September.
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