Russia Warns of Terrorism in Lebanon, Syria and Iraqإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday that Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are facing a “common danger” manifested in “international terrorism that does not acknowledge borders between countries and seeks to seize more lands.”
"It is necessary to denounce double standards and to abstain from taking steps that do not lead to containing the situation but on the contrary, could encourage terrorism and extremists' threats in the turbulent Middle East,” Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a released statement.
Moscow's declaration comes as army troops have been battling with gunmen in the eastern border town of Arsal since Saturday. The clashes, which started upon the arrest of a man linked to the al-Qaida inspired al-Nusra Front, have resulted in the martyrdom of at least 16 soldiers while 22 others have gone missing.
Meanwhile in Iraq, the state's forces have been involved in severe clashes against the Islamic State's militants who have since June seized control of several cities in the country.