Hezbollah Deputy Secretary - General Sheikh Naim Qassem said according to the views raised during the recent meetings between Hezbollah Leader Seyed Hassan Nasrallah and senior Russian officials, the two sides hold close stances on the Syrian crisis." Moscow ' s positions are close and similar to the Hezbollah ' s stances on the settlement of the Syrian crisis through talks, " Sheikh Naim Qassem saidon the sidelines of the 'Ulama andIslamic Awakening ' conference.He said that during a meeting between Hezbollah Secretary - General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, the two sides discussed the latest developments in Lebanon and the region. They also underlined the necessity for preventing the spread of foreign crises to Lebanon and the need for an end to the US hegemony over the region, Naim Qassem added. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well - armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country. Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes. The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad. In October 2011, calm was almost restored in most parts of the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies brought the country into chaos through every possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasingunrestin Syria.