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Russia Calls for Immediate Syrian Cease-Fire, Troop Pullout

Russia wants an immediate and synchronized cease-fire in Syria monitored by the United Nations to end the “horrible” events unfolding in that country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Speaking before talks in Moscow today with special envoy Kofi Annan, Lavrov said that as part of its draft UN resolution Russia has proposed enlisting the organization’s observers to negotiate a withdrawal by government and opposition forces.