Syria Live Blog
Russia accuses Western countries of using 'blackmail' to pass new Syria resolution
UN special envoy Kofi Annan will seek Russian President Vladimir Putin's help in ending the conflict in Syria during a visit to Moscow starting on Monday, with pressure mounting on Russia, which has already vetoed two resolutions sanctioning the Syrian government, to stop backing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, gave no indication that Russia would change its position on Syria in a speech on Monday.
He says western countries should not threaten to use force in negotiations to extend the UN 's observer mission, which is due to run out in a few days.
He said UN observers are being used to blackmail Russia into backing a new resolution.