BEIRUT, 10 Feb – RIA Novosti, Mikhail Alaeddin. Russia will soon discuss with the Lebanese side its participation in the restoration of the port of Beirut and other strategic facilities affected by the explosion on August 4, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Rudakov said in an interview with RIA Novosti. the port of Beirut and other promising infrastructure projects, “Rudakov said.
The ambassador recalled that Russia was one of the first to provide assistance to Lebanon after the terrible explosion in the sea harbor of Beirut. Russian rescuers and doctors immediately arrived in the Lebanese capital, where an airmobile hospital, a mobile coronavirus testing facility, was deployed. EMERCOM employees worked around the clock at the scene of the accident, hoping to find and save the survivors.
“The implementation in Lebanon of agreements with the participation of the Russian companies NOVOTEK and Rosneft continues. We attach great importance, as soon as the situation allows, to intensify the work of the intergovernmental commission and the Russian-Lebanese Business Council,” Rudakov added.
A powerful explosion occurred in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. Hundreds of houses and cars were destroyed or damaged, glass was shattered in many quarters of the Lebanese capital, part of the buildings were completely destroyed, and the capital's electricity and water supply systems were badly damaged. According to authorities, the cause was the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate seized by customs in 2014 and stored in a warehouse. 190 people died, more than 6 thousand were injured. The capital of Lebanon was recognized as a disaster area, and a state of emergency was declared in the city until September 19. After that, anti-government rallies were held in the city, as a result of which Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diyab announced the resignation of his government in full.