first published on March 14, 2016 by Funker
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he has ordered Russian forces to begin withdrawing from Syria, saying they have “achieved their goals” in the country.
The pullback will begin immediately, and many Russian troops will be flying out of the country to return home as early as Tuesday.
“I think that the task that was assigned to the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces as a whole has achieved its goal, and so I order the defense minister to start tomorrow withdrawing the main part of our military factions from the Syrian Arab Republic,” Putin said.
This announcement comes on the same day that Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva, and is seen by some as evidence that Putin is sending a message to Syrian and other forces in the region to reach a political solution.