The head of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), Dmitry Rogozin, said today, Wednesday, that the agency will send to Lebanon its satellite images of the port of Beirut before and after the massive explosion that destroyed it last year.
Rogozin told reporters that he had signed today a document “with very detailed pictures attached to it in response to a request from the Lebanese leadership,” while the Russian Foreign Ministry announced today that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss with his Lebanese counterpart Abdullah Bouhabib the bilateral relations between the two countries in Moscow on November 22. This November.
The Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, had asked Moscow last October the pictures taken by Russian satellites of the port as of August 4, 2020, when the explosion killed more than 215 people, injured thousands and destroyed large areas of the Lebanese capital. The investigation into the circumstances of the explosion is still ongoing.
It is noteworthy that the Beirut port explosion is one of the largest non-nuclear explosions that occurred in the world and the worst disaster that Lebanon has experienced in peacetime, at a time when the country is slipping into the abyss of political and economic collapse.
For her part, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced today that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold a session of talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Abdullah Bouhabib, in Moscow, on the 22nd of this month.
In a statement, Zakharova said that the Lebanese Foreign Minister “will pay a working visit to Moscow from November 20 to 23, where he will hold a session of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on November 22. In such a situation Today, Lebanon celebrates Independence Day.
According to the statement of the Russian spokeswoman, “During the meeting, the two ministers will discuss current issues on the international and regional agenda, and special attention will be paid to the development of the situation in Lebanon, and to objectively consider the complex issues of developing relations between Moscow and Beirut.”
“Russia firmly supports the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Lebanese Republic. We support the efforts of the newly formed Lebanese government,” Zakharova said. As previously commented On the situation in Lebanon, she said that her country “is counting on overcoming the crisis between Lebanon and the Gulf states soon”, against the background of statements by Lebanese Minister of Information George Kordahi on Yemen.
Earlier, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Foreign Minister Abdullah Bouhabib will visit Russia, during which he will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, next Saturday to discuss strengthening relations between the two countries.