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Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase

14 December 2017, 10:56 | Floyd Cook

Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase

Russian President Vladimir Putin right and Syrian President Bashar al Assad watch troops marching at the Hmeymim air base in Syria on Monday. Declaring a victory over ISIS in Syria Putin announced a partial pullout of Russian forces

He was met by President Assad, his close ally, and Sergei Shoigu, Russia's defence minister, at Hmeimim airbase near Latakia, a permanent operations hub for the Russian air force.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country.

And he added that if the "terrorists raise their heads" in Syria again, Russian Federation will hit them hard with powerful strikes - saying: "We will never forget about the deaths and losses sustained in the anti-terror fight both here in Syria and in Russian Federation".

Military support from Iran and Russian Federation turned the tide of the war in favor of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, allowing the ruthless leader to remain in power.

The Russian leader also hailed the valor of his troops, saying 'You have shown the best qualities of a Russian soldier'.

The announcement comes after the defence ministry said last week Russian Federation had "completely liberated" Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), despite reports that the terrorist group still controls some remote territory there.

Russian television stations showed Mr Putin walking off the plane, embracing and shaking hands with Mr Assad at the air base.


Russian Federation launched its air campaign in Syria at the end of September 2015 when Assad's government was teetering on the brink of collapse and quickly changed the course of the conflict in its favor.

Russian forces are to withdraw from Syria after a two-year military campaign which Moscow and Damascus say has seen the destruction of so-called Islamic state. "Good luck, I thank you for your service", Putin said.

"Russian comments about removal of their forces do not often correspond with actual troop reductions, and do not affect United States priorities in Syria", he said.

Moscow will continue to operate the Khmeimim airbase as well as its naval base in Tartus and will crush any further terrorist activities in Syria, he said.

Putin and Sisi were expected to sign bilateral agreements, including one for Egypt's Dabaa nuclear power plant, and to discuss the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt as soon as possible, a presidential spokesman told MENA state news agency.

Putin met with Syria's President Bashar Assad in Syria, before taking off for Egypt, Russian media said.

Putin's visit reflects growing ties between Russian Federation and Egypt, the second largest recipient of USA military aid after Israel.

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