MOSCOW, March 15. The decision of Russia to withdraw part of its military contingent from Syria does not mean dissatisfaction with Moscow’s position of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This was reported to journalists the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, answering the question about whether we can say that the decision on the suspension of Russia’s positions in Syria due to dissatisfaction with the Kremlin’s tough stance of President Assad in the negotiations on the peaceful settlement of the political crisis.
“No, no”, – said Peskov, denied the allegations that Russia is attempting by this decision to put pressure on Assad in the conflict resolution process.
Answering the question about whether there is divergence of views of Moscow and Damascus on the course of political settlement in Syria, Peskov said that “the same views can not be”. “But Russia has consistently advocated a peaceful settlement of internal Syrian problems,” he added.
The possible resumption of operations
Peskov declined to comment on the possibility of resuming operations in Syria. The question of the probability of single strikes on the positions of terrorist forces HQs that remain in Syria, press Secretary of the President of Russia has forwarded to the Ministry of defense.
“This is hypothesis-generating. We do not deal with the hypothetical prediction”, – said Peskov reporters.
Answering specifying question, whether means taken on the eve of President Vladimir Putin, a decision that the Russian air group will no longer inflict strikes on the positions of militants in Syria, Peskov forwarded this issue to the Ministry of defence.
“Again addressing you in the Ministry of defense. Now the number of sorties actually reduced by two thirds. The presence of such a force is simply not required”, – he said.
Peskov did not comment on whether to leave Russia the s-400 missiles on the bases that Moscow retains in Syria. “Can’t answer your question, this information I do not have”, – said the press Secretary of the President.
Putin personally took the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, it was not a subject of negotiations, Peskov said.
“This decision of the President of Russia and commander-in-chief on the basis of data on the results of the Russian contingent in Syria,” – said the representative of the Kremlin. He explained that Putin “took into account the results (HQs actions of the Russian Federation in Syria) and came to the conclusion that the main objectives have generally been fulfilled.”
“It was not the subject of negotiations (with international colleagues), it was the decision of the President of Russia”, – said Peskov.
He also said that two Russian military installations in Syria will remain staff. “Let’s not forget that two – Hamim and Tartus remain, accordingly, they cannot exist without staff,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.
To promote the process of peaceful settlement
The Kremlin sees the main task in Syria at this stage to assist the process of peaceful settlement in Syria, Peskov said.
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“Now the main task is to contribute to a peaceful settlement and negotiations that began in Geneva,” he said.
“The tasks set before the Russian space forces, greatly expanded the territory liberated from terrorists in Syria, to support the Patriotic forces of Syria in fight against terrorism, to change the situation,” said Peskov. “After this mission, the withdrawal creates the necessary prerequisites for the positive development of the negotiation process in the framework of internal Syrian settlement,” said the spokesman.
Peskov declined to comment about whether it is possible to resume the operation HQs of the Russian Federation in Syria. “This is hypothesis-generating, not would like them to go,” said he.
On the monitoring of the ceasefire
Monitoring the ceasefire in Syria is a complex process, they are Russian and American military, said Sands.
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“The Russian and American side to carry out the functions on control over observance of the truce on the basis of those data that inform the group that joined (to the ceasefire regime”, – he reminded. “These data are carefully plotted on the map, and then the military share information with our colleagues,” – said the spokesman.
“This process is quite time-consuming, it requires attention, it is rather difficult negotiation process”, – said Peskov.
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