“I sum up by confirming that negotiations in this concern are taking place, and we hope that positive results come out in the near future,” Zasypkin said after a meeting Sports and Youth Minister Abdul-Mutalleb al-Hinawi. (The Daily Star)
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The Russian ambassador to Lebanon confirmed Wednesday that the two countries are discussing possible formulas for military cooperation, without disclosing any details on the possible deal.Zasypkin's comments came two days after political sources told The Daily Star that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has revived a 2010 arms grant from Moscow that would provide the military with helicopters and tanks.Under the grant agreement, Moscow would provide the Lebanese Army with six helicopters and 77 tanks, as well as 1 million bullets and 37,000 shells of various calibers, the sources said.Hariri had announced a $1 billion Saudi grant in August, intended to help the Lebanese Army and security forces in their battle against terrorism.
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