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Russia’s Syria stance to be put to Kofi Annan

Saturday, March 24, 2012


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Russia believes that Syria cannot be brought back to normality as long as the armed Syrian opposition continues to reject government offers of a dialogue and receive political and military support from abroad.

Kremlin aide Sergei Prikhodko spoke about this to the media Saturday ahead of scheduled talks between President Dmitry Medvedev and international Syria envoy Kofi Annan, who arrived in the Russian capital this afternoon.

Kofi Annan arrives in Moscow

Kofi Annan, the UN and League of Arab States’ special envoy, arrived in Moscow on Saturday at the invitation of Russia’s authorities.

The President’s press service reported earlier that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will receive Kofi Annan on Sunday. Mr Annan is also due to meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meetings with the special envoy will be dedicated to looking for ways of achieving a peaceful settlement of the Syrian internal crisis.

Russia is convinced that it will be difficult to achieve a ceasefire between the participants of the Syrian conflict if the opposition continues to receive support from abroad. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev intends to discuss this point during his Sunday meeting with Kofi Annan, President’s Aide Sergey Prikhodko has told the journalists.

From the outset, Russia supported Kofi Annan’s appointment to this post, based on Annan’s political experience, including his posting as a UN Secretary General, and his excellent reputation in the field of settling regional conflicts, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

IF, Rosbalt, RIAN