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  3/17/2012, Adar 23, 5772

Russia Urges Syria to Support UN Peacemaking Efforts

Russia's foreign minister urged Syria to support UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peacemaking efforts "without delay" in comments published on Saturday, adopting an unusual firm tone with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Lavrov explained that Russia disagrees with many of the decisions Assad's government has made in regard to its violent crackdown, in an interview on state television and a transcript posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website.