Russian President Vladimir Putin has affirmed his country’s commitment to supporting Lebanon’s sovereignty and unity. This came in a letter he sent Wednesday marking Lebanon’s Independence Day.
Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Rudakov delivered the letter to President Michel Aoun.
Putin underscored the importance of preventing any foreign intervention in Lebanon’s internal affairs. He also expressed his confidence about the future of bilateral ties and means of developing them to serve both peoples’ interests and enhance security and stability in the Middle East region.
Aoun discussed with Rudakov the outcomes of the recent visit by Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib to Moscow and the talks he held with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov to bolster relations between both countries.
He asked the ambassador to thank Putin for his prompt response to Lebanon’s request for the satellite images Russia had for Beirut’s port before and after the blast on Aug. 4 last year.
“We will hand the images to judicial authorities, hoping that they help in revealing new facts about this crime,” Aoun affirmed.
Russia handed over on Monday satellite images prepared by its space agency Roscosmos for the Beirut port after a request from the Lebanese president.
Aoun further hailed Moscow’s initiatives to help Lebanon overcome the current harsh circumstances.