February 17, 2017 / 10:20 AM / a year ago

U.S., Russia military ties depend on Syrian opposition stance: source

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told nations opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the U.S. would not cooperate militarily with Russia until it stopped labeling all Assad’s opponents as terrorists, a Western diplomat said on Friday.

“In the discussion, he made it clear that there would not be military cooperation until the Russians accepted that not all the opposition are terrorists,” the diplomat said.

He was speaking after Tillerson held his first joint talks with countries that oppose Assad, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and Britain.

Reporting by John Irish; editing by Andrea Shalal

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