U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, in an interview with CBS News, responding to a question about further actions of the USA in Syria, said that the priority for Washington is the fight against “Islamic state” (ISIS banned in Russia). The head of state stressed that it is important to first solve the problem of terrorism, and then “deal with the Assad regime”.
“As soon as the threat of ISIS will be reduced or eliminated, I think we will be able directly to pay attention to the stabilization of the situation in Syria,” said Tillerson.
He added that the US administration still hopes for a solution that will put an end to the civil war in Syria. Part of this decision, he said, involves the inclusion of all parties to political negotiations.
“Obviously, they [negotiations] should take place with the participation of the regime with the support of their allies,” said Tillerson. “We hope that Russia chooses to play a constructive role in supporting the cease-fire on their own talks in Astana, and eventually in Geneva.”
According to Tillerson, if we can achieve a cease-fire in Syria, “we will have conditions for the start of a useful political process.”
On the night of 7 April, the United States launched a missile attack on the airbase of the Syrian government forces in HOMS province. Rocket attack was a response to the alleged chemical attack in Idlib province. Otvetstvennost for it WA laid on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Pentagon reported that the ships of naval forces of the United States fired at Syrian airbase 59 cruise missiles “Tomahawk”.