Feb 09, 2019 19:09 UTC
  • US behavior could trigger new Israel-Lebanon conflict: Russian envoy

The Russian envoy to Beirut says US actions in the Middle East are aimed at sowing discord in the region and can trigger a new conflict between Israel and Lebanon.

In an interview with Russia's Sputnik news agency on Saturday, Alexander Zasypkin accused the United States of inciting “new conflicts” that could draw in countries and actors throughout the already volatile region.

"As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation," he said.

"A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces."

Zasypkin also said Washington’s policies toward Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah were further destabilizing the region, hailing Hezbollah for playing an important role in crushing terrorists in Syria.

"When events started unfolding in Syria, Hezbollah sided with its lawful authorities, seeing the fight against terrorists in the region as its duty."

"Hezbollah became directly involved in military operations at Syria’s request, alongside Russia and Iran. The party took a responsible approach to what was happening in Syria and the region as a whole and contributed significantly to terrorists’ defeat," Zasypkin said.

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