BEIRUT, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri denied on Monday allegations published by local newspaper Al-Akhbar saying that the prime minister is avoiding military cooperation with Russia.
"The information published in Al-Akhbar's article is totally wrong and it opposes the path of positive relations with Russia," a statement by Hariri's office said.
Al-Akhbar newspaper published on Monday a report, saying that Hariri has postponed several times the issuance of a permit that allows Lebanon's defense minister to sign a military cooperation agreement between Lebanon and Russia.
"Hariri attributes this delay to political issues in the country and the emergency of other crises in Lebanon," Al-Akhbar said.
Hariri's office also issued a statement late last year, denying media reports about the prime minister's refusal of receiving military aid from Russia.
Hariri visited Moscow several times to discuss the subject of Russian aid and ways to enhance the Lebanese military's ability to fight terrorism and secure the country's borders.