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Report: UN envoy to Syria to visit Russia this weekend

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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, answers media questions after consultations at United Nations headquarters. A government airstrike on a bakery in a rebel-held town in central Syria killed more than 60 people, activists said, casting a pall over a visit by Brahimi, the international envoy charged with negotiating an end to the country's civil war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)The Associated Press

Russia's Foreign Ministry says the international envoy on Syria will visit Moscow this weekend.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Wednesday that U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will arrive in Moscow on one-day visit Saturday, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Brahimi met Monday in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar Assad, but didn't signal any progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war.

Russia has used its veto right alongside China at the U.N. Security Council to protect its old ally from international sanctions, but it has increasingly sought to distance itself from Assad. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week that Moscow would welcome any country's offer of a safe haven to Assad, but has no intention of giving him shelter if he steps down.