On Monday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow sent the Lebanese government satellite images from the day of last year’s deadly Beirut port blast in an effort to help with the investigation.
In a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, Abdallah Bou Habib, in Moscow, Lavrov said Moscow had transferred pictures prepared by the country’s space agency Roscosmos.
Images that capture the port before and after the blast should help determine the cause of the explosion, Lavrov said during a press conference after their meeting.
“We hope that Lebanese specialists will answer this question that is really becoming a very powerful political irritant for Lebanon,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov also said they discussed the “possible participation” of Russian companies in the reconstruction of Beirut infrastructure that was damaged in the blast.
In August 2020, hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the Port of Beirut detonated, sending a powerful explosion across the Lebanese capital that killed more than 215 people.