The official White house spokesman John Ernest said that have not seen reports of the decision of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to withdraw the bulk of the Russian forces from Syria. He said this to journalists during the daily briefing.
One of the reporters asked the press Secretary to comment on the appeared during the briefing reports of the imminent withdrawal of the Russian contingent. “I have not seen these messages. It’s difficult to assess what impact this decision will have on [Syrian] negotiations and how this will change the current dynamics. We need to see what the Russian intentions,” said Ernest.
The press Secretary also said it was difficult to answer the question whether the decision of Putin on the withdrawal of the main forces a result of agreements with Washington. However, he stressed that the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry is in constant contact with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Ernest at the briefing also asked whether U.S. President Barack Obama discuss with Putin the withdrawal of troops. “I would definitely not rule it out,” replied the spokesman, promised that journalists will be informed about this conversation.
Speaking about the Russian operation in General, Ernest expressed the opinion that it is “complicated” attempts to achieve a political transition in Syria. The presence in Syria of Russian air group in the White house called “military intervention” aimed at supporting the country’s President Basha al-Assad.
On Monday the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov instructed from 15 March to begin the withdrawal of the main forces of Russia from Syria. According to him, the tasks assigned to the Ministry of defence were generally fulfilled.