Russia says no peace for Syria unless opposition talks to Assad

MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesda 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 and demand his exit from power as a precondition for peace talks.

"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 a annual news conference. (Reporting by Timothy Heritage Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Steve Gutterman)