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Syria’s splintered opposition has never offered a unified view on how to end the conflict or what should follow, other than agreeing on Mr. Assad’s ouster.

“If I were in the opposition’s place, I would put forth my own ideas in response on how to establish a dialogue,” Mr. Lavrov said.

Iyad, the fighter near Damascus, said the opposition’s key demand hasn’t changed.

“We have said a million times we will accept nothing less than Assad’s resignation,” he said.

• Associated Press writers Zeina Karam in Beirut and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this article.