LEBANON WEEKLY MAGAZINE: RUSSIA RETURNS TO MIDDLE EAST

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BEIRUT, May 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Lebanese weekly magazine Al- Kifah Al-Arabi calls the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Middle East "historic."

"The purpose of the Middle East tour conducted by Vladimir Putin," the editorial named 'The Return of Russians to the Middle East' says, "was to demonstrate that the political and economic situation in Russia has stabilized and it is becoming a serious player on the global arena."

"After a long break, Russia intends to reestablish its positions in the Middle East," the Lebanese magazine concludes.

According to the magazine, with his visit Putin also strengthened his positions on the eve of the May summit with US President George Bush in Moscow.

In the framework of his Middle East tour, which lasted from April 26 till April 29, the Russian president visited Egypt, Israel and Palestine Autonomy.

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