Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah over the weekend for talks on the political developments in the region before concluding his visit to Lebanon, Arab media outlets reported Sunday.
According to Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star, the meeting was held on Saturday and addressed the developments in Lebanon as well as Syria. It was attended by Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zaspikin, the report said.
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Bogdanov concluded his three-day visit to Lebanon early Sunday and headed to the Jordanian capital Amman as part of his tour of the Middle East.
Nasrallah, Bogdanov in Saturday's meeting
The London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported that Bogdanov told Nasrallah Moscow had reservations about intervening in the two-year civil war in Syria and fighting alongside beleaguered President Bashar Assad's forces against rebels who are trying to overthrow him.
Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar reported that Bogdanov relayed a message to Hezbollah urging the Shiite terror group to pull its operatives from Syria for fear that the violence on the war-torn country would spread to Lebanon.
During his visit, the Russian envoy held talks with President Michel Suleiman, caretaker Premier Najib Mikati, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam and other political leaders.
"Our visit helped us develop a vision regarding the future of Lebanese-Russian ties," Bogdanov told reporters speaking at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.
Just last week IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said, "Iran and Hezbollah are involved up to their necks and more in an attempt to preserve the axis and (Syrian President Assad's regime, and/or in a concerted and coordinated effort to prepare for the day after.
"Strangely, Russia lends considerable support to this by supporting Assad," the IDF chief told the annual conference of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.
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