Russia would return to Syria if President Bashar Assad said that he needs its help, independent analyst Catherine Shakdam told Radio Sputnik.
"Once again, Russia is following up and following international law, trying to help, and not impose," Shakdam told Radio Sputnik.
Shakdam added that the move was unexpected because most people thought that Russia would follow the United States' strategy of staying for a long time in Iraq instead of a limited-time deployment.
Shakdam also said that the Daesh terrorist group was impeded significantly enough for a withdrawal to be reasonable, as Syrian troops have now shown themselves capable of fighting the group.
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