On the anniversary of the martyrdom of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that “the assassination of one of the most prominent figures in esteem by the Lebanese people in its modern history, remains an irreparable loss for Lebanon and its friends around the world.”
It said in a statement: “On February 14, comes the 18th anniversary of the assassination of the great national figure, prominent politician and friend of Russia, Rafik Hariri, and a number of his companions, with a despicable terrorist act in Beirut.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry concluded: “Rafik Hariri played an important role in reaching the Taif Agreement, which put an end to the bloody and devastating civil war in Lebanon 1975-1990. Being a sincere patriot, he exerted all his efforts and energies in the cause of rebuilding the country after the war. He visited Russia many times and made an impressive personal effort, in strengthening and developing Russian-Lebanese friendship relations.