Defense Secretary James Mattis says the United States will have no cooperation with the Russian military in Syria at least for now.
His remarks come after Moscow last week proposed plans to Washington to cooperate on the safe return of refugees to Syria following a meeting between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the issue had been discussed by the two presidents.
However, US defense officials are shocked at the prospect of coordinating with Russia in Syria, where the two countries are conducting two separate military campaigns.
Russia is in Syria at the request of the government of Bashar al-Assad to help fight Daesh, while Washington and its allies have been launching attacks on Syria since 2014, claiming they seek to root out the terrorist group, but they are also aiding militants fighting the government.
Now, the Pentagon, which blames…