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Agencies: Russia's Putin says regrets Annan's departure

Last modified: 2 Aug 2012 21:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he regretted Kofi Annan was leaving his role as international peace envoy for Syria and called the situation there "a tragedy", Russian news agencies reported.

"Kofi Annan is a very respectable person, a brilliant diplomat and a very decent man, so it's really a shame," Putin said in London, according to Interfax. "But I hope that the
international community's efforts aimed at ending the violence will continue."

Vladimir Putin, right, meets with UN envoy Kofi Annan at the Kremlin in Moscow July 17, 2012 [Reuters]