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Putin Pledges Support For Annan's Mission In Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets at the Kremlin with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets at the Kremlin with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan to discuss the deteriorating situation in Syria.

Putin pledged to "do everything" to support Annan's task to mediate an end to hostilities and encourage a dialogue between the Syrian government and factions opposed to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

"From the very beginning, and you know that, from your very first steps as the UN and as Arab League envoy, we have been supporting, and we are supporting your efforts aimed at restoring peace in Syria," Putin said. "We all know you as an honest and professional man, a man who enjoys a very high popularity. I want to assure you that we will do everything we can to support your efforts."

Annan, whose mission has been largely unsuccessful so far, said the Syrian crisis has reached a "crossroads."

Annan said he was sorry to return to Moscow during such a "tragic occasion" in Syria and expressed the hope he would come back to Moscow "when I don't have such heavy responsibilities on my shoulders."

Russia has repeatedly rejected international efforts to pressure the Assad regime and Annan's visit came ahead of a move by some Western nations to hold a vote on a UN Security Council resolution to impose sanctions against the Syrian government.

Russia has already made clear it would block the measure as it has two previous resolutions threatening penalties against Assad's regime.

Despite Russian support for Assad, Syrian rebel groups have managed to make advances and some rebel forces are now fighting on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.  

Syria's Army reportedly was using helicopters to battle opposition forces in at least four Damascus neighborhoods -- an escalation of the most serious fighting in the capital since the uprising against Assad began 16 months ago.

Government troops already had been using tanks and rockets in the fighting on the south side of Damascus, which started last weekend.

Opposition fighters in the Free Syrian Army announced what they called a full-scale attack operation against regime forces.

Activists believe more than 17,000 people have been killed in Syria since violence broke out last year.

With reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, AFP, AP, and dpa
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by: kafantaris from: USA
July 17, 2012 04:48
Surprise, surprise.
Russia again says that the U.N. should not boot out Assad from Syria.
And again we are shocked, dismayed and disappointed.
Russia and China have their own reasons not to lift a finger in Syria -- but we are not waiting for them anymore.
Rather, we will join other countries willing help to take care of the necessary business in Syria -- just as we had done in Libya.
This time around, Russia and China had their chance to be part of the solution. Over and over, they have refused -- less they ultimately rattle their own house of cards.
But their inaction has committed them to getting out of the way. They can do so and save face, or that they can continue to be obstreperous and lose more face.
Either way, we are moving forward without them.
As for Lavrov’s claim that the West is blackmailing Russia, most countries see it the other way around.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 17, 2012 05:53
Sir, is you CIA stooge of the NATO minions?
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by: Jack from: US
July 18, 2012 03:50
Great comment Eugenio, you are right as always. kafantaris is lost. The great Mr Putin has sided with the winner al-Assad. He has those terrorists running scared. Another week of attack helicoptors, mustard gas, and a little blister agent and those cia-sunni-wahabi-us and nato minions will be defeated.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 17, 2012 08:48
Russia is usually cinical and "kruchkotvorish", this time however, Their misstake is that even when there is a case of intervention,
Russia wouldn't go open and strait without murking weather.
If Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and lied, in this ocasion,
If Syria was right, they boasted about "Big Ivan" bases,
As "Cheremushka" Gorby tell China use brutal versus,
Instead of helping World and Syria with civil liberation.

Ones Russian theaf helped old lady that fall in street,
But he denied it: "I am not a cop, to do a good dead!"
And when some other teafs started laughing like kids
He pushed old lady back, under coming car on street.
So is Ivan: "I am scarry, I am there to stack my fleet!"

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