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    The ruling Lebanese Democratic Party hopes Moscow will restore "the balance of forces" in the Middle East.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The ruling Lebanese Democratic Party (LDP) counts on Russia to offset the US influence in the Middle East, specifically in Syria, and restore balance of powers, an adviser to the party leader told Sputnik.

    "Now we are counting on the Russian role to return the balance of forces in the region," Dr. Saleem Hamadeh said. "The only thing that we can expect in the future [is that] the United States of America will not play alone again in this region."

    The adviser with the LDP, a junior partner in the Lebanese coalition government, said Lebanon was "thankful to Russia for its approach in the region."

    Speaking on the margins of an expert conference on building a multipolar world in Moscow on Sunday, Dr. Hamadeh said there were hopes that in Syria warring parties would resume the political dialog that was key to resolving the five-year conflict.


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