Putin urges Lebanon to support Russian investment
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called on Lebanon to support Russian companies seeking to invest there, during a meeting on Monday with Lebanese counterpart Saad Hariri.
"We have good possibilities to increase our economic collaboration thanks to major joint projects in the fields of energy, transport, communication and military technology co-operation," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agen cies.
"In certain cases our big companies announced they would participate in invitations to tender and we ask you to support these bids," Putin said.
Hariri said his government welcomed Russian investment in transport and energy.
Hariri on Sunday had said he was hoping to finalise a February agreement that would see Russia supply Lebanon with Mi-24 helicopter gunships.
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