Terrorism in the Middle East has been a dull threat to Western Civilization for over a decade.

As a result, President Trump recently initiated action in response to controversial and inhumane acts imposed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Now a third country with relations to the U.S. and Syria will soon be met with a major ultimatum – one which may lead to more conflict.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently came out in an interview and claimed Russia will soon have to define where its loyalties lie – with the United States, or with Syria.

Russia has reasonably good relations with both countries, but with the Eastern and Western worlds on the verge of major military conflict, Russia will inevitably have no choice but to pick a side.

Breitbart News reported:

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.”

The Secretary of State is one member of the government who is taking Russia’s influence in Syria seriously.

He has repeatedly spoken about the devastation in Syria – primarily, how Russia is seemingly ignoring it.

Breitbart News reported:

“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.”

He said the cease-fire talks that Russia and Iran have helped broker in the Kazakh capital, Astana, could generate momentum toward broader talks about a political transition — if the Astana talks succeed in creating a durable cease-fire. The resulting political talks would take place under the auspices of the United Nations process in Geneva.

Russia has previously remained one of Assad’s allies – regardless of the inhumanity the government has inflicted on the Syrian people.

Breitbart News reported:

A key focus since the chemical attack has been on increasing pressure on Russia, Assad’s strongest ally, which has used its own military to keep Assad in power. The U.S. and others have said that Russia bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians at the hands of Assad given Moscow’s role in guaranteeing the 2013 deal in which Assad was supposed to have given up his chemical weapons arsenal.

The U.S. raised the stakes significantly on Monday when a senior U.S. official said Washington has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack. Yet the U.S. has no proof of Moscow’s involvement, said the official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity.

Ultimately, Russia will have to make a decision as the terror level only grows in the Middle East.

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Do you think Russia will side with the United States if given an ultimatum?

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