UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan is due in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the current situation in Syria. Annan is due to arrive in the Russian capital on Monday. Annan and the Russian officials will discuss ways to resolve the turmoil in Syria.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also scheduled to visit China to hold talks on the same issue.The development comes at a time when the anti-Syria Western governments have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. However, Russia and China remain strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad. On February 4, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council. The two countries rejected the draft as “unbalanced.” Moscow and Beijing also vetoed a European-drafted UN Security Council resolution against Syria on October 5, 2011. HSN/MA/HJL