Russia will work to boost the defense capacities of the Lebanese Army, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday, adding that his country respects the democratic process in Lebanon.

“Russia will enhance military cooperation with Lebanon, mainly by reinforcing the defense capabilities of the Lebanese Army and Security Forces,” Lavrov said during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil in Moscow.

“We will present our contributions to the international community in the plan to reinforce the Lebanese Army and the state institutions,” he said, in reference to the work of the International Support Group for Lebanon. […]