Russia and the United States have not yet decided whether to launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
The Pentagon’s top military officer, Gen. Joseph Dunford, made the comments during a news briefing in the Pentagon.
The White House has said it is still reviewing the decision, and President Donald Trump is expected to announce it at a speech on Tuesday.
Russia and the U.S. are the only countries that have agreed to fight IS militants in Iraq and Syria, and Dunford said it would be “very helpful” for both countries to work together to combat the threat.
The White House on Monday said that while the U:s and Russia were “working hard to resolve the crisis in Syria,” the United Nations Security Council had “raised no new substantive resolutions” on the conflict and had “no confidence” in a political solution to the crisis.
The administration, however, has been pressuring the Security Council to hold a vote on a resolution aimed at ending the civil war in Syria.
Russia and China are both veto-wielding members of the council.
Dunford said he expected Russia to support the resolution as a way to pressure the U., which has backed rebels in Syria and has backed President Bashar al-Assad.
“I do not think we want the Russian or Chinese militaries or military support to be utilized against the United State or its allies,” he said.
Dunton also said that Moscow was willing to help in any way it could to support Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We are open to providing any assistance that the Russians or the Chinese can provide,” he told reporters.
Russia is one of the strongest U.N. Security Council members.
It has been the main backer of the Syrian government, which has been fighting the U.-backed rebel forces that have been fighting against Assad for more than two years.
Russia also has the ability to veto any resolution that would seek to extend Assad’s rule.