Following his statement, deluded terrorists went on the offensive and were trapped. As result, the Syrian army managed to liberate Palmyra and inflict a heavy defeat to Daesh, the German newspaper stated.
According to the newspaper, the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria was a complete surprise to many foreign observers.
"Depending on their position, they have suggested that this was either a Russian victory over Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front, or Moscow's capitulation in front of the terrorists," the article said.
Syrian armed forces recaptured the historic city from jihadist militants last week with air support from Russia. During their 10-month control of the city, Islamists destroyed multiple ancient treasures and booby-trapped the ruins.