MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on statements by US in connection with the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, recalled the saying: “defeat is an orphan and victory has many fathers.”
“As we say, defeat is an orphan and victory has many fathers. But it’s not about winning. Our Supreme commander has decided on the withdrawal of a significant part of the contingent, after the left object for large-scale combat operations. As for the fact that will not all temporary accommodation in Hamima and Tartus continue to work, as was talking about President Putin,” said Peskov told reporters.
Earlier, the representative of the U.S. Department of defense, major Adrian Rankin-Galloway said that the statements of the Russian side on the withdrawal of troops does not always correspond to reality, it also doesn’t change the U.S. priorities in Syria. According to the representative of the Pentagon, “the international coalition will continue to work with local forces in Syria” to defeat the group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia).
The President of the United States Donald trump during a speech at the White house, before signing the bill on the financing and activities of the Ministry of defence of the country in the 2018 financial year attributed the United States victory in Syria: “As you know, we won in Syria and Iraq. But they [the militants] have moved to other places, we are going to destroy them there as fast as they move. Over the past eight months we have achieved greater success in the fight against ISIS than during the term of office of the previous administration [of Barack Obama]”.
11 December, Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing the military on the base Hamim, ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. At the same time, according to Putin, in Syria “on a regular basis will operate two sites: in Tartus and Mamimi”.
Russian troops are in Syria from September 2015. According to the defense Ministry, during participation of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation in operations in territory of this country is made 6956 sorties and more than 7 thousand vertolyotov. Destroyed more than 32 thousand militants, 394 tanks and more than 12 thousand units of weapons and equipment.