Syrian FM to visit Moscow, discuss Hariri killing

Russia will press Syria to ensure cooperation with the UN inquiry into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri during talks next week with the Syrian foreign minister, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem is expected in Moscow on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said. Syria last Sunday pledged to fully cooperate with the UN investigation, saying the terms of the cooperation had been agreed upon with the new head of the UN inquiry, Serge Brammertz. The UN Security Council has twice accused Syria of failing to cooperate fully with the investigation, which has implicated Syrian intelligence officials. Brammertz's first report to the Security Council is due in mid-March. The top UN envoy for Syria and Lebanon, Terje Roed-Larsen, will also be in Moscow for talks at the same time as the Syrian foreign minister, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.