The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the decision made by the UN Security Council not to extend the UN observer mission in Syria, while Moscow has scheduled a meeting with the Syrian deputy prime minister.
"We express concern over the declared impossibility of extending the (UN observer mission) mandate due to the position taken by some Security Council members," the Foreign Ministry said
in a report posted on its website on Friday.
Russia continues to support the Kofi Annan plan, which called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire between government troops and opposition rebels.
"We believe it is important to maintain the UN presence in Syria, which is aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria within the framework of Kofi Annan's plan and the Geneva agreements reached by the Action Group for Syria," the report said.
Russia argued that the presence of UN peacekeepers in Syria, “helped reduce violence in the country," especially at the initial stage, the report said.