WASHINGTOТ (Sputnik) — Russia launched airstrikes against terrorist groups in Syria in September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw most of Russia's military contingent from Syria after objectives of the operation had been accomplished.
"The Russians play a critical role in this," Brennan stated at the Council on Foreign Relations. "There is going to be no way forward on a political front without active Russian cooperation, as well as true and genuine Russian interest in trying to find a political path."
The Russia-US brokered ceasefire in Syria came into force on February 27. Al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorist groups, which are outlawed in Russia, are not part of the ceasefire deal.