Russia Withdraws Soldiers from Syria

President Putin and Assad in Russia Photo: Wikimedia Commons
President Putin and Assad in Russia Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said his country has begun the process to pull back troops from Syria.

He said this on Monday after the Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.

In a first-time visit to Syria after the civil war broke out, the Russian President ordered partial withdrawal on Monday.

Russian support has been crucial for Assad regime at a time when his fall was imminent. Assad thanked Russia in the last month in a visit to Russia for saving his regime.

Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war changed rout of course of the war in favor of Bashar al Assad regime.

Vladimir Putin, however, made such announcement last year which never happened as the Russian troops continued operations in the Syrian ground.

This year, the withdrawal process will ‘depend on the situation’ in Syria, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said after the press asked him about the withdrawal timeframe.

Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war changed rout of course of the war in favor of Bashar al Assad regime.

Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quoted President Putin saying in Syria, “I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia.”

President Putin said, “I order the defense minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases.”

“We will never forget the victims and losses suffered in the fight against terror both here in Syria and also in Russia,” he added.

The Russian President, however, didn’t rule out to “carry out such strikes on them which they have never seen” if “terrorists raise their heads again.”

The Russian move came after a tri-national meeting in Russia’s Sochi where the leaders of Iran, Turkey, and Russia agreed to cooperate to bring stability back in Syria.


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