Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets with a Russian delegation at his Downtown Beirut residence Wednesday April 18 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati & Nohra)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday discussed military cooperation deals with the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, weeks after a bill regarding a deal was pulled from Cabinet discussions.In late March, ministers were poised to discuss a military agreement with Russia.Under the draft agreement discuss in March, previously approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lebanon would open air and sea facilities for the Russian military and the two sides would engage in a broader exchange of military information on terrorism and piracy, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.Accompanying Zaspykin at Wednesday's meeting was the Russian head of the Russian-Lebanese Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Alexey Abramov who talked trade and economic ties with Hariri.
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