There is no normalization of NATO-Russia relations: Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for the first meeting of the National Space Council first meeting at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in Chantilly, Va. Tillerson has declared he never considered resigning as President Donald Trump's top diplomat, disputing what he called an "erroneous" report that he wanted to step down earlier this year.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers said that the Western allies agreed that there is no normalization in relations with Russia, Reuters reports.

“At this meeting of NATO we discussed a lot about what proper interaction with Russia is, and I think that there is a broad consensus among all NATO members that there is no normalization of the dialogue with Russia today,” Tillerson told journalists.

However, stressing that the West depends on Russia in the fight against the numerous conflicts in the Middle East, Tillerson said that Washington considers it Moscow’s task to make sure that Russia’s ally – Damascus – participates in the peace talks on Syria under the leadership of the United States.

In September 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Syria had created the necessary conditions for the final destruction of terrorists, the end of the war and the return of refugees back to the country.

The head of state said this at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the results of bilateral talks in Ankara.

Vladimir Putin noted that ending the war in Syria will have a serious significance for the entire world, both in terms of normalizing the situation in the region, and thanks to the possibility of returning refugees to Syria.