Skip to comments.Moscow Welcomes Hizbullah
Posted on 10/19/2011 5:16:00 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
A Hizbullah delegation was welcomed by officials in Moscow on Wednesday for the terror groups first official visit to the Kremlin.
The three-man delegation, headed by Hizbollah MP Mohammad Raad, is scheduled to meet Russian officials for talks on developments in Lebanon and the region, a Hizbollah source told Lebanon's The Daily Star.
The source said discussions will also touch on bilateral ties and issues of common interest.
Russia has opposed Western intervention in Syria as the uprising there enters its seventh month, as has Hizbullah, which has close ties to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
Those ties have eroded Hizbullah's reputation as a 'popular resistance movement' eroded due to its backing and suspected participation in Assad's brutal crackdown that has killed over 3,000 Syrian dissident to date.
But analysts say Moscow is likely seeking to bolster the terror group, which is a key component of Tehran's axis of influence in the region running through Damascus to Beirut.
Moscow's backing of Iran in recent years has been widely seen as a cold war style strategic move aimed in what may be a resurgent strategic rivalry with the United States and other Western powers over economic interests.
Hizbullah said the visit came in response to an invitation by Russias Parliament.
The As-Safir newspaper said the Hizbullah delegation will reiterate the terrorist group's role in "protecting Lebanon from Israel."
Hizbullah is also expected to raise the issue of ongoing pressure exerted on it from the West, which it says 'undermines the resistance' with the aim of exerting power in the region and thereby controlling natural resources.
Observers note, however, that Hizbullah has come under increasing fire from March 14 opposition leaders in Lebanon, who demand it disarm and disband its terror militias...
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Russia has had nothing but grief from islamists over the years. Now these scum get invited to the Kremlin. The world is getting crazier by the day.
I’ve wondered about this myself. I guess the profits of arming every group in the ME outweighs the problems that Islam creates for Russia domestically. Plus, they get to be thorn in the side of the West.
Hey Russia...how’d that Afghanistan thing work out for you?
Hizbullah is also expected to raise the issue of ongoing pressure exerted on it from the West, which it says 'undermines the resistance' with the aim of exerting power in the region and thereby controlling natural resources. Observers note, however, that Hizbullah has come under increasing fire from March 14 opposition leaders in Lebanon, who demand it disarm and disband its terror militias...Lebanese opposition leaders ARE the resistance in Lebanon. Russia's getting frozen out of the situation in Syria, and is trying to deal itself back in -- Russia and the HIzzies have a common ally (for what it's worth) in Syria's Assad, and when Assad is gone, the Hizzies will be done for.
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