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Russia's Medvedev: Annan's mission is Syria's last chance to avoid protracted civil war
MOSCOW (AP) ' Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has told the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria that his mission "may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a protracted bloody civil war."
Medvedev also told Kofi Annan that he has Russia's full support.
Annan was in Moscow on Sunday 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 United Nations' sanctions.
Syria is Moscow's last remaining ally in the Middle East and is a major customer for Russia's arms industry, but Russia has recently shown impatience with Assad.