Russia: Russia’s presence in Middle East ‘stabilising’ - Lebanese FM *EXCLUSIVE* *PARNTER CONTENT*March 27, 2019 at 14:18 (GMT) · Published
“Russia's presence in the region does not constitute a threat, but, on the contrary, a calming and stabilizing factor for creating balance in the region and clearing it of terrorism, as well as reducing the degree of Israeli arrogance,” Lebanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil said in an interview on Monday in Moscow.
“I think that there is still a strategic opportunity for cooperation with Russia, I mean in Lebanon and in the entire Arab region, especially in the economic sphere, and not only in the issue of the reconstruction of Syria, but also in the gas issue,” he said, adding that Lebanon would like to attract both Russian and American companies to develop gas deposits on the Lebanese shelf.
Bassil also said that Russian relations with Israel help reduce “Israeli arrogance” and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visits to Russia “can be a positive factor if they help balance the Israelis.”
Lebanese President Michel Aoun came to Moscow on a two-day official visit on Monday accompanied by the foreign minister.