Russian deputy FM met with Nasrallah, Lebanese leaders

Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday night along with other top Lebanese leaders to conclude his three-day visit to the country. The Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zaspikin, also took part in the meeting, which dealt with the unstable situation in Lebanon and Syria, according to a report in the Lebanese Daily Star. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar website reported that the movement’s official responsible for international relations, Ammar Mousawi, also attended.
The London-based daily Al-Hayat reported on Sunday that the Russian official expressed reservations to Nasrallah about its fighting alongside Syrian president Bashar Assad’s forces and called for separating Lebanon from the war in Syria.
The minister tried to gather support for the Geneva plan agreed upon in June 2012, which calls for a transitional government, according to the AP. Bogdanov claimed that this was the only way to end the conflict. The plan called for an end to the fighting, but did not call for Assad to step down.