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Russia: Putin orders DM Shoigu to start military withdrawal from Syria03:40

Russia: Putin orders DM Shoigu to start military withdrawal from Syria

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 14, 2016 at 20:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to begin the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria starting Tuesday, during a meeting in Moscow on Monday.

"I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defence Ministry to have generally been accomplished. That is why I order the start of the withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow," Putin said during the meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Moscow will keep its Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province in order to control the observation of ceasefire agreements in the region, Putin added.

The Russian Air Force began its operations in Syria on September 30 last year "in accordance with an official request from the president of the Syrian Arab Republic [Bashar Assad]," Putin said in a previous statement. Russian jets have been launching air strikes on strategic and economic targets of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist targets in Syria.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to begin the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria starting Tuesday, during a meeting in Moscow on Monday.

"I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defence Ministry to have generally been accomplished. That is why I order the start of the withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow," Putin said during the meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Moscow will keep its Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province in order to control the observation of ceasefire agreements in the region, Putin added.

The Russian Air Force began its operations in Syria on September 30 last year "in accordance with an official request from the president of the Syrian Arab Republic [Bashar Assad]," Putin said in a previous statement. Russian jets have been launching air strikes on strategic and economic targets of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist targets in Syria.

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