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Annan said his team in Syria will follow up on the agreement reached with Assad.

“I also encourage governments and other entities with influence to have a similar effort,” he added.

Russia, another strong of ally of the Syrian regime, said Monday it will not sign new weapons contracts with Syria until the situation there calms down.

Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian military and technical cooperation agency, told Russian news agencies on the sidelines of the Farnborough airshow south-west of London that Russia will continue, however, with previously agreed exports.

Karam reported from Beirut.