Russia hands over to Lebanon satellite images of Beirut port before and after the explosion
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today, Monday, that Russia has sent to Lebanon satellite images of the port of Beirut before and after the huge explosion that rocked it last year.
He added – in a press conference he held with his Lebanese counterpart Abdullah Bouhabib after their meeting in Moscow – “At the request of the Lebanese government, today we handed over satellite and satellite images prepared by Roscosmos, which we hope will help in the investigation of the causes of the explosion.”
Lavrov confirmed that he discussed with Bouhabib the possibility of Russian economic actors participating in the restoration of the infrastructure that was destroyed as a result of the bombings that took place in Beirut port on August 4, 2020.
In turn, his Lebanese counterpart, Abdullah Bou Habib, said that “the photos will be handed over to the Lebanese judiciary, hoping that they will contribute to revealing the truth.”
Bou Habib confirmed that an invitation was extended to Lavrov to visit Lebanon, and closely review the situation there.
At the beginning of the meeting, Lavrov said that Russia supports the current Lebanese government, considering its formation an important step towards settling the crisis in the country.
For his part, Bou Habib hoped Russia would help his country politically and economically, and through its relations with the countries of the region, in order to overcome its crisis.
On October 29, the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, asked the Russian ambassador to Beirut, Alexander Rudakov, during a meeting that brought them together, to hand his country satellite images of the port explosion, for possible use in the investigations.
The explosion occurred on August 4, 2020, killing more than 200 people and wounding about 6,000 others, as well as causing massive material damage to residential buildings and commercial establishments.
For two years, the Lebanese have been experiencing an unprecedented severe economic crisis that has led to a record collapse in the value of the local currency against the dollar, as well as a shortage of fuel and medicine, and the collapse of their purchasing power.