Russian envoy to Beirut praises Hizballah as “responsible force”

Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin attacked the US for “sowing discord between Israel and Lebanon” and its “campaign against Tehran and the Lebanese Hizballah movement.” In an interview with Sputnik on Saturday, the Russian diplomat said. “As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads” he said. He went on to praise Hizballah for “siding with the lawful authorities… to become directly involved in military operations at Syria’s request, alongside Russia and Iran.” The Russian ambassador hailed Hizballah as “a powerful political party actively involved in in the work of Lebanon’s parliament and government in support of stability, security, interfaith peace, and national dialogue.”

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