Slutsky praised the prospects of cooperation between Russia and Lebanon

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Nitroscanate in fotoreceptor of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky. Archival photoSlutsky praised the prospects of cooperation between Russia and Lebanon© RIA Novosti / Alexander Nitroscanate the image Bank

Lebanon is interested in cooperation with Russia, said the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky after the meeting with Jumblatt Taymūr was the son of the leader of the Lebanese Progressive socialist party Walid Jumblatt.

«Today Lebanon is very interested in cooperation with Russia. We are talking about the grain supply, products, car — and aircraft construction, but most importantly — the construction of energy facilities. Demand of the Republic in electric power amounts to 2 500 MW, and actual output is only 1 600. I’m sure with the Lebanese colleagues we will meet again and again. Especially in August of this year was created a parliamentary group of friendship,» Slutsky wrote on his page in Facebook.

The MP noted that relations between Russia and Lebanon have always been friendly. «Our relations with Lebanon have always been of a friendly character: the USSR one of the first to recognize the independence of the middle Eastern Republic, and actively contributed to the cessation of the civil war that lasted 15 years. Subsequently, Russia was helped in the settlement of the Lebanese-Israeli conflict,» he explained.

«It should be noted that the leaders of the Progressive socialist party of Lebanon — the most consistent opponents of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. At the same time, they hold close to us the principle: Syria under any circumstances, should remain a single country. So the subject of negotiations with representatives of the SRP, we have,» he added.