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Russian pilots welcomed home as heroes from Syria

Russian pilots welcomed home as heroes from Syria
By Seamus Kearney
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Jets have begun landing at an air force base in southwestern Russia after the Kremlin's surprise decision to partially withdraw from Syria


They are being welcomed home as heroes and decorated by their military chiefs.

Fighter jets have begun landing at an air force base near Voronezh in the southwest of Russia after the Kremlin made the surprise decision to partially withdraw its forces from Syria.

Russia is leaving #Syria, but continues keeping an eye on it

— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) March 15, 2016

Moscow says the withdrawal is possible as Russia has achieved its goals with the start of the peace talks in Geneva.

However, Russia will continue to maintain a military presence in Syria with military bases in Latakia and Tartus.

Also, the Russian army says its S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system in Syria will remain in place.

Sergei Ivanov, head of the President’s Office and a fomer defence minister, said: “This is in order to effectively provide security, including from the air, the most modern defence systems are needed.”

The Russian air force also says it jets will continue to strike ISIL targets in Syria and what it calls “other terrorist groups”.

Putin, Russia may be back in Syria soon: Experts

— CNBC (@CNBC) March 15, 2016

Russia's Syria withdrawal has many wondering: Why is Putin suddenly so co-operative?

— CNBC (@CNBC) March 15, 2016

Russia's rationale for the Syrian withdrawal is as multifaceted as it is ambiguous:

— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) March 15, 2016

With campaign in Syria, Russia tested military hardware and prowess

— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 15, 2016

China says Russia's Syria withdrawal a positive signal

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 15, 2016

Opinion: Russia's “success”, if we can call it that, has come at an amazing cost

— Financial Times (@FT) March 15, 2016

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