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Saturday, February 9, 2019
Praising Hezbollah, Russian envoy claims US could spark new Israel-Lebanon war
Russia’s ambassador in Beirut said US policies toward Iran could set off a fresh war between Israel and Lebanon, while championing the country’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.
Though he said renewed fighting between the sides remained uncertain, Alexander Zasypkin accused the United States of inciting “new conflicts” that he said could draw in countries and actors throughout the Middle East.
“As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation,” Zasypkintold the state-owned Sputnik news agencyin an interview published Saturday.
“A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces,” he added.
Zaspykin also claimed the US stance toward Iran and Hezbollah was further destabilizing the region. READ MORE