Vladimir Putin orders military to withdraw from Syria

    Vladimir Putin orders military to withdraw from Syria

    March 15, Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday.

    He said the Russian intervention had largely achieved its objectives, reports said.

    The comments come amid fresh peace talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the five-year Syrian conflict.

    Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose office said in a statement he had agreed to the move, BBC news reported.

    According to the statement, the pullout was "in accordance with the situation on the ground."

    Russia began its campaign of air strikes in Syria last September, tipping the balance in favour of the Syrian government and allowing it to recapture territory from rebels.

    When Russian airstrikes began in Syria, President Assad's regime was on the brink of collapse. Less than six months later, Russia says its action allowed Syrian government troops to retake 10,000 sq km (3,860 sq miles) of territory.

    The Oslo Times


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