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Moscow calls for agreement on opposition groups in Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed hope Wednesday that diplomats will agree on a list of opposition groups that should be invited to U.N.-brokered peace talks on Syria.

Moscow previously lamented there is no agreement in the U.S.-led coalition in Syria on who should be declared legitimate opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad's government — or should be targeted like the Islamic State group.

Lavrov told reporters in Moscow that he hopes for an agreement on the Syrian opposition list as well as on a list of extremist groups that "will not be covered by a cease-fire that we hope to declare at some point."

Lavrov spoke after meeting with U.N. Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura, who was in Moscow after a visit to Damascus.