Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
THURSDAY, 24 APR 2014
09:56 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
27 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Lebanon News
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Russian official: Syria deal positive for Lebanon
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabko. (Reuters/ Denis Sinyakov)
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabko. (Reuters/ Denis Sinyakov)
A+ A-

BEIRUT: A Russian-U.S. deal seeking to rid Syria of its chemical arms stockpile will have a positive impact on the situation in Lebanon, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday in Beirut.

“No doubt this deal will have a positive impact on the Lebanese scene,” Ryabkov told reporters at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut before heading to Russia.

“However, if there is a war, this will have a negative impact on the situation in Lebanon, particularly between sides in the country.”

He added: “It will also have a negative impact on the economy and development in Lebanon.”

Lebanese officials Wednesday said the country would incurred $7.5 billion in losses by the end of 2014 due to the war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis, according to a World Bank report.

Ryabkov’s comments came following a visit to Damascus where he met President Bashar Assad.

“On our way from Damascus to Beirut through the Masnaa border crossing, we [saw] the border between Lebanon and Syria was calm and the cars are flowing regularly and we did not witness the [once] large number of people fleeing Syria,” he said.

Moscow and Washington agreed earlier this month on a deal that would see Assad relinquish control of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, which would put on hold U.S. plans for a military strike against the Damascus regime over its alleged use of the banned arms.

During his visit to the Syrian capital, Ryabkov criticized the U.N. report on the use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 near Damascus, saying investigators failed to pay enough attention to evidence provided by the Assad regime.

Asked whether the Syrian government had handed Moscow evidence implicating the Syrian opposition of allegedly using Sarin gas, Ryabkov said he received three documents on the matter.

“We were handed three documents on this matter containing medical reports including blood and urine analyses to identify the chemical agent. We were also handed information from private sides.”

Asked to elaborate on the “private sides,” Ryabkov said:

“We received these documents only some time ago and they are in Arabic and require translation.”

Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said there was an international understanding to maintain stability in Lebanon.

“I am certain that there is an international umbrella for stability in Lebanon and that this is [based on a] principled and long-term stance, particularly ... [after] we were able to avoid a potential military strike on Syria,” he said.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 20, 2013, on page 3.
Home Lebanon News
 
     
 
Russia / United States / Syria / chemical weapons / Lebanon
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Thursday April 24, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS