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Russia says no peace for Syria unless opposition talks to Assad

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that there could be no peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria as long as opponents of President Bashar al-Assad refuse to negotiate with his government.

They should refrain from demanding his exit from power as a precondition for peace talks, this will facilitate peace in the country.

“Everything runs up against the opposition members’ obsession with the idea of the overthrow of the Assad regime. As long as this irreconcilable position remains in force, nothing good will happen, armed action will continue, people will die,” Lavrov told an annual news conference.