In a TV interview, Russia ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said that Russia's fight against terrorism in Syria was a "preventative measure." "We don't want terrorism to reach the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Russia," he said. The interview aired on the Lebanese NBN TV channel on February 24, 2016.
Alexander Zasypkin: "We must fight terrorism, and we know who the terrorists are. Therefore, we must not be distracted by other, unrelated, things. Our fight against terrorism in Syria is, to a great extent, a preventative measure. We don't want terrorism to reach the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Russia. Lebanon is fighting terrorism, including in Syria, because it does not want it to spread into Lebanese territory.
"In the past, we feared that terrorists would enter Lebanon from Syria. After the Russian military success in Syria, this danger has significantly diminished.
"Hizbullah is in Syria to fight terrorism. If these terrorists were rebels, rather than terrorists, that would have been a different story. The Russian position is that we are in Syria to fight terrorists."