MOSCOW, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The rebel national coalition's refusal to talk with the Syrian government would lead the crisis to a dead end, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
Following his meeting with visiting U.N.-Arab League joint envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Lavrov warned the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces' hardline position was dangerous and counterproductive.
"We are sure that this is a deadlock position, which will continue to degrade. The external opposition, including that represented by the national coalition, will be unable to influence the development of the armed hostilities inside Syria," Russia's top diplomat said.
He said Russia was concerned, when the national coalition was established, that its stated position was uncompromising and its goal was to overthrow the Syrian government, adding this ran counter to the Geneva agreement.
Moscow believed the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad should not be taken as a precondition for dialogue between the government and the opposition, Lavrov said.
Brahimi agreed a change of administration in Syria would not settle the crisis. It was a problem rather than a solution to the problem, he said.
The decision on a "drastic transformation' in Syria should only be made by the Syrian people, the envoy said.
He urged the international community to make joint efforts to help solve the crisis, saying Syrians were unable to launch the political process without necessary foreign assistance.