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"Everyone has supported Kofi Annan’s plan but decisions at the "Friends of Syria" group meeting aimed at arming the opposition and at news sanctions undermine peace efforts," state-run Itar-Tass quoted Lavrov as saying.

Western and Arab nations said after a "Friends of Syria" meeting on April 1 that the group would consider further "measures with a view to the protection of the Syrian people."

Russia has stayed away from meetings of the group, saying it is biased in favour of opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and is not advancing peace efforts.

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