MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has called on the opposition as well as countries that "influence them" to use their powers to bring about a cease-fire in Syria.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday after a meeting with Syria's foreign policy chief that Syria's government "could have been more active and decisive" in implementing the peace plan.
He also called for a speedy deployment of international observers -- including Russians -- in the country.
Russia, along with China, has twice shielded its old ally Damascus from U.N. sanctions over Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on a yearlong uprising that has killed more than 9,000.
But Moscow has also staunchly supported Annan's cease-fire proposals, urging Assad to take the first step by withdrawing his forces from Syrian cities in line with the peace plan.