U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday to discuss escalating violence in Syria, which, the Red Cross has declared, is officially in a civil war. While Russia has agreed to stop selling arms to Syria, it has been steadfast against a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would put more pressure on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition fighters in Damascus reported the fiercest fighting yet inside the capital.
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