Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri (R) prior to a meeting in the country residence outside Moscow on September 12, 2017. / AFP / Sputnik / Dmitry Astakhov
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Lebanon's relations with Russia have always been fairly warm, even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and in that time those ties have sailed through uncharted waters, sometimes hitting port and at other times failing to do so.However, today that potential is finally within sight and being realized, with Prime Minister Saad Hariri's three-day visit to Moscow finally heralding a new dawn in relations.As for the talks with top Russian officials that are going to be crowned Wednesday with a meeting between Hariri and Russian President Vladimir Putin, they will be far more than just a goodwill visit.Rather, they present an opportunity to cement this fresh cooperation with Moscow and open the way for a greater Russian role in facilitating and helping Lebanon with its two most pressing issues.
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