Annan to hold Syria talks with Putin

The United Nations envoy Kofi Annan will hold talks on Syria later with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The United Nations envoy Kofi Annan will hold talks on Syria later with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Reports from the region suggest helicopter gunships have been deployed to battle rebels in Damascus.

Moscow continues to support President Bashar al-Assad - accusing the West of 'blackmail'.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says America is fully behind Kofi Annan: "We are prepared to do anything to assist the transition but we're strongly supporting Kofi Annan, who as you know is the joint envoy of the UN and the Arab league."

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