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“Russia has really aligned itself with the Assad regime, the Iranians, and Hezbollah. Is that a … long-term alliance that serves Russia’s interest, or would Russia prefer to realign with the United States, with other Western countries and Middle East countries who are seeking to resolve the Syrian crisis?” Tillerson asked. The White House reminded Russia Monday the ultimate goal of the U.S. in Syria was to defeat ISIS, followed by “creating the political environment necessary for the Syrian people to have new leadership there.” “Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role, or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group, which we believe is not going to serve Russia’s interest longer-term,” Tillerson said Tuesday prior to his trip to Moscow. “But only Russia can answer that question.”