Russian diplomat warns of Israel-Lebanon conflict, slams U.S. for 'incitement'

Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin calls US President Donald Trump's policy regarding Iran and Hezbollah 'negative.'

Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin (front L) talks with the pilot of a Russian aeroplane that arrived with humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin (front L) talks with the pilot of a Russian aeroplane that arrived with humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin warned of a possible conflict between Israel and Lebanon and accused the US of inciting "new conflicts" in the Middle East during an interview in the Russian news agency Sputnik on Saturday. 
 
"As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty," he said, adding that America's influence in the region was "negative."
Zasypkin lauded the efforts made in Syria by the terrorist group Hezbollah, which he described as fighting "alongside Russia and Iran" against terror and taking "a responsible approach," including calling on Lebanese political factions to work together.
The Pentagon plans to remove all American forces from Syria by the end of April, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
In addition, the United States is planning to remove a significant portion of the military forces by mid-March.