Putin ordered Shoigu to begin the withdrawal of the main forces of the Russian Federation from Syria since 15 March

MOSCOW, March 14. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the main forces of the Russian Federation from Syria since 15 March.

“I think the tasks set before the Ministry of defence. Therefore, I order you tomorrow to start the withdrawal of the main part of our military groups of the Syrian Arab Republic”, – said the head of state at a meeting with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“While our military personnel, soldiers and officers showed professionalism, consistency, ability to organize work fighting away from its territory with a military theatre of operations General borders,” the President said.

Putin hopes that the beginning of withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria will be a good incentive for the negotiation process of the political forces of this country.

Russian paras in Tartous and on the basis Hamim must continue to work in the former regime, the President said. “Our locations – the sea in Tartous and aviation at the airport Hamim – will function as usual. They should be protected from land, sea and air”, – said the head of state. He added that of the remaining military will be engaged in control over observance of the ceasefire.

The President instructed Lavrov to intensify participation of the Russian Federation in the organization of the peace process in Syria.

In turn, the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Putin discussed and agreed upon with the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad the decision to begin the withdrawal of troops from Syria. “Everything that President (Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Lavrov and Shoigu) was brought to the attention of our Syrian colleagues and agreed with President Assad,” – said Peskov reporters.