Objectives attained: Russia withdraws troops from Syria

Objectives attained: Russia withdraws troops from Syria
By Catherine Hardy with Reuters
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Vladimir Putin says Russian forces helped prepare the ground for a ceasefire

  • Announcement concerns ground forces
  • Naval and air support to be maintained
  • Russia to “intensify” its role in the peace process

The news

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The Russian President has ordered his military to start withdrawing “the main part” of its forces from Syria.

The announcement has taken the international community by surprise.

BREAKING: Putin orders start of withdrawal of main part of Russian military force in Syria from Tuesday pic.twitter.com/ma3pzngWMI

— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) March 14, 2016

Putin has ordered the start of a military withdrawal from Syria https://t.co/FNXfW3TbsNpic.twitter.com/fs25JUqbFW

— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 14, 2016

Vladimir Putin says the Russian intervention has met its objectives, five months after forces were sent in to support President Bashar al-Assad.

Analysts say Russian support tipped the balance in favour of the Syrian government.

What will happen on the ground?

Assad agreed with Putin on Moscow withdrawing forces from Syria: Kremlin https://t.co/k9r80Elm5wpic.twitter.com/MBLO2uXvlK

— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) March 14, 2016

The announcement only concerns military support on the ground. Naval and air support will be maintained.

The pullout will begin on Tuesday.

A timeline for withdrawal has not been set.

Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria https://t.co/WwU0QzN5rZpic.twitter.com/RFxsonSXFv

— Mashable (@mashable) March 14, 2016

Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Officials say he is aware of the decision.

What is the context?

Moscow’s decision comes as fresh peace talks get underway in Geneva aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict, which began five years ago this week.

Putin has also ordered that Russia intensify its role in the peace process to end the conflict.

What they are saying

US offers cautious response on Putin order for military withdrawal from Syria https://t.co/LkumLuvQ75pic.twitter.com/4EUE8hop4b

— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) March 14, 2016

“The effective work of our military created the conditions for the start of the peace process,”Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country’s action paved the way for the Syrian ceasefire.

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