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    UK Diplomat's Comments on Russian Pullout From Syria Constructive - Kremlin

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    According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond's remarks on the Russian withdrawal from Syria are reserved and constructive.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond's remarks on the Russian withdrawal from Syria are both reserved and constructive.

    "After receiving information on the start of the Russian military withdrawal from Syria, Hammond made a comment on social networks, where he wrote that, if it is a real withdrawal, it could have a positive effect on the process of Syrian settlement. [Which was] quite a reserved and constructive statement," Peskov told reporters.

    On Monday, Hammond wrote a comment in his official Twitter account, calling the Russian pullout a positive step if it is "part of real commitment to Syrian-led political transition & continuation of cessation of hostilities."

    ​On Monday, Putin ordered the withdrawal of the main contingent of the Russian forces in Syria, stating that they had accomplished their anti-terrorism mission. Russia had conducted an aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria from September 30 at President Bashar Assad's request. Russia's pullout came after a Moscow-Washington-brokered deal on a ceasefire in Syria came into force on February 27.

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