As Russia escalates, U.S. rules out military cooperation in Syria

The United States on Wednesday ruled out military cooperation with Russia in Syria’s war, accusing Moscow of pursuing a “tragically flawed” strategy that would force it to limit military talks to basic pilot safety.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s critique amounted to a rebuff of Russia, which had sought greater coordination as Moscow escalates its military role in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We are not prepared to cooperate in a strategy, which as we explained, is flawed – tragically flawed – on the Russians’ part,” Carter told a news conference during a trip to Rome.

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