BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday met with the ambassador of the European Union and of Russia, who stressed the importance of the Lebanese government functioning without external interference.

After meeting with Hariri at his Downtown residence, Russian Ambassador Alexander Zaspekin said that the Lebanese government and state institutions must be effective in the social and economic fields in preparation for upcoming parliamentary elections, a statement from Hariris office quoted him as saying.

Zaspekin said that the proper functioning of institutions was crucial to ensure that the Lebanese people decided the fate of the country without external interference.

The Russian ambassador added, in response to a question, that Russia was working within the framework of the International Support Grou...