Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and the U.S.


April 11, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

As he embarked on a trip to Moscow following urgent meetings in Italy with top diplomats, Tillerson said it was unclear whether Russia had failed to take seriously its obligation to rid Syria of chemical weapons, or had merely been incompetent. But he said the distinction “doesn’t much matter to the dead.”

“We cannot let this happen again,” the secretary of state said.

“We want to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people. Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role,” Tillerson added in remarks to reporters. “Or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group, which we believe is not going to serve Russia’s interests longer term.”

Since the U.S. launched airstrikes against Assad’s forces in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians last week, Trump administration officials have offered mixed messages about whether Washington believes Assad definitely must surrender power — and when. Tillerson said it was clear the U.S. saw no role for Assad in Syria’s future, given that he had lost legitimacy.

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  • Falcon101

    How childish of the US to demand Putin decide between the US and Syria! It looks like the US is just looking for a war with ANYONE to hide the fact that their Petro Dollar is going to fall flat on it’s face and to save face, they need a war to place the blame.

  • Lonesomeskunk

    Americans better choose between freedom or slavery under Israel?

  • This is corporate diplomacy as practiced by a capitalist CEO who probably hasn’t read Turgenev

  • I think he has already made his choice

  • yep

    Tillerson, are you that stupid……

  • desertspeaks

    um Mr. Tillerson, with no due respect.. could you point out precisely where within the Constitution it grants the authority for the US gvt to tell/demand other governments what they must do or who they should be friends with? AND where is the authority in the Constitution for the US to meddle in other countries leadership and or removal of said leadership??