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    UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan will come to Moscow for an official visit by the end of this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday.

    UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan will come to Moscow for an official visit by the end of this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday.

    When asked about Annan’s planned visit to Russia, Bogdanov told journalists that “it will be in next few days,” but before the end of this week.

    The diplomat said that in “the next few days” Moscow also expects a visit of representatives from the Syrian opposition National Coordination Committee (NCC).

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Annan’s visit to Russia is designed to signal “consolidation and support” for international efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria.

    The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted Annan’s six-point plan to end the bloody conflict in Syria, threatening unspecified "further steps" if it failed to comply. The plan calls for a ceasefire and demands swift access for aid agencies.

    More than 8,000 people have been killed in Syria since protests against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago.

     

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