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The United States has pushed back a military agreement between Beirut and Moscow in recent months, but the forthcoming Lebanese government may try to bring the deal back to life, sources told The Daily Star. Russia, which has established a heavy presence in Syria that is unlikely to diminish any time soon, was hoping to do the same in Lebanon, but Washington has had other plans. A military agreement was drafted after months of negotiations between Lebanese and Russian officials, with the deal stipulating exchange of military intelligence information and bilateral military training, according to one Lebanese official. Prior to the interview, an unnamed Russian source told a local newspaper Russia was disappointed that Lebanon, under a Hariri-led Parliament, had distanced itself from the agreement and treated Russia as if it were an enemy.Army chief Gen. Joseph Aoun was in Washington last week and the Joint Military Committee between Lebanon and the U.S. was reactivated.
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