MOSCOW - Russia, one of Syria's few remaining allies, urged Damascus on
Wednesday to allow members of an Arab League mission to move around the
country freely as they investigate whether Syria is implementing a peace
plan to end months of violence.
"The mission should be able to
visit any part of the country, any towns or villages, and come up with
its own independent, objective opinion about what is happening and
where," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference with
his Egyptian counterpart.
Russia has submitted a revised United
Nations draft resolution condemning the bloodshed but stopped short of
blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad. Moscow says it supports the
"We have consistently worked with the Syrian
leadership, urging full cooperation with the observers on the provision
of comfortable and free conditions for work," said Lavrov.