Pentagon chief declined to answer the question of a military conflict with Russia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áPentagon chief James Mattis did not answer the question of congressmen about whether a military conflict with Russia because of Syria can meet US interests.

“I’m not ready to engage in speculation on this issue,” Mattis said at a congressional hearing.

The day before, US President Donald Trump advised Russia to prepare for an American missile attack on Syria. “Russia promises to shoot down any and all of the missiles launched in Syria.” Prepare, Russia, because they are on the way: good, new and “smart”! ” – he wrote in his tweet.

Also, Trump criticized Moscow for supporting the Syrian President Bashar Assad. “You should not be partners with an animal that, with the help of gas, kills its own people and enjoys it,” the US president wrote.