Medvedev: Annan’s mission is Syria’s last chance
MOSCOW | President Dmitry Medvedev told the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria on Sunday that his mission “may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a protracted bloody civil war” and promised Russia’s full support.
Kofi Annan was in Moscow for meetings with Russia’s president and foreign minister. He now travels to China, which, along with Russia, has shielded Syrian leader Bashar Assad from U.N. sanctions over his crackdown on an uprising. More than 8,000 people have been killed since the uprising began a year ago.
Syria is Moscow’s last remaining ally in the Middle East and is a major customer for Russia’s arms industry. But Moscow recently has shown impatience with Syria, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointedly criticizing