Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested his military to begin pulling back the “principle part” of its strengths in Syria from Tuesday. He said the Russian mediation had to a great extent accomplished its destinations, reported different media.
In a cause which given a wary welcome by the Syrian opposition, the Russian President said that his five-month military campaign for which is support of Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad had “achieved its aims”, and applicate his Foreign Minister to “intensify” Moscow’s role in peace talks that have resumed in Geneva.
“I consider the mission set for the barrier service and the military all in all has been expert,” Putin said on Monday night in a meeting at the Kremlin. “I am along these lines requesting the safeguard service to start the withdrawal of the principle piece of our military power from the Syrian Arab Republic from tomorrow (Tuesday).”
Russia started its crusade of air strikes in Syria last September. Putin’s choice comes in the midst of crisp peace talks which began in Geneva on Monday went for determining the five-year Syrian strife.
Putin said that Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Latakia area and its Mediterranean maritime base at Tartus would keep on working as should be expected. He said both must be ensured “from area, air and ocean”.
The presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Mr Assad had agreed to the decision following a telephone conversation with Mr Putin. Syria’s state news agency quoted the Syrian President as saying that the collaboration between Russian and Syrian forces has secured “victories against terrorism and returned security to the country”.
The move was welcomed by the US and also the Syrian opposition. However, US officials said Washington had received no advance warning of Putin’s statement. “We will have to see exactly what Russia’s intentions are,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
In the latest fighting, Syrian government forces are reported to have advanced on so-called Islamic State’s (IS) positions near the world heritage site of Palmyra.