Russia: Syrian opposition's stance on Assad "a dead end"

MOSCOW Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:26am EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that the Syrian opposition coalition's refusal to talk to President Bashar al-Assad's government amounts to a "dead end".

"We are sure this is a dead-end position which only will lead to degradation of the situation," said Lavrov, who also repeated Russia's position that Assad's exit must not be a precondition for a political process.

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel Writing by Steve Gutterman)