Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Lebanese Hezbollah’s role in Lebanon’s political sphere.
“I know very well that different people in different countries take different positions on Hezbollah,” the Russian head of state said on Thursday at the conclusion of a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club held in the Russian resort city of Sochi.
“Hezbollah is a significant political force in Lebanon,” he said concerning the Russian standpoint.
Putin noted that Russia “practically communicates with all political forces in Lebanon and will continue to do so.”
“In Russia, they are completely concerned with finding common ground for an agreement between the Lebanese parties without a fight,” he said, adding “We are working with all the Lebanese to prevent bloodshed.”
His comments came after at least seven people were killed and 60 others injured in an attack on October 14, during which Hezbollah’s supporters were sniped from rooftops as they gathered to peacefully protest against a judge investigating last year’s Beirut Port explosion who is accused of bias.