US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter advised President-Elect Donald Trump not to cooperate with Russia in Syria, Rosbalt reported.
“The Russians said that they will fight against terrorism and help to remove Bashar al-Assad from power. Nothing has been done. Moreover, Moscow assists Damascus. It only fuels the civil war in the country,” Carter stated in an interview with CBS.
Carter opposes coordinating the actions of US and Russian forces in Syria. According to him, the US President should not consider pursuing cooperation until Moscow demonstrates that it is on the same page as Washington.
Trump recently stated that Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government will become the main allies of the US in the fight against terrorism.