Lebanese PM Hariri meets Russian President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi.

Putin said Wednesday ahead of the meeting that agreements signed between the two countries during Hariri’s visit to Russia would “work toward the positive development of our bilateral inter-state relationship,” Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported.

For his part, PM Hariri said that deepening military ties and reconstruction in war-torn Syria had been discussed.

Before meeting Putin, PM Hariri held talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday.

Hariri tackled many issues, among them the safe return of the Syrian Refugees to their homeland and he expressed hope that his visit to Russia would help arrange a deal to purchase Russian arms to support the Lebanese army.