On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Defense Ministry to withdraw the bulk of the Russian military contingent in Syria. Russia's aerial campaign in Syria has, on the whole, accomplished its objectives, Putin said.
Later, the chair of the Russian Federation Council's Committee on Defense and Security said that around 1,000 Russian service personnel and some reconnaissance aircraft would remain at the Hmeymim and Tartus bases. The remaining forces are due to monitor the ongoing ceasefire in Syria.
The overall conditions in Syria have been changed dramatically as a result of Russia’s nearly six month military campaign, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker told Sputnik.
Russia's decision to withdraw its airgroup from Syria is putting pressure on the official Damascus to commit fully to the political transition, Syrian opposition figure and founder of the Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria, Ribal Assad told Sputnik.
Russia will continue playing a crucial role in the Syrian reconciliation process after the withdrawal of its Aerospace Forces from the Arab republic, a member of the European Parliament told Sputnik Tuesday.
Russia’s decision to withdraw its air group from Syria may impact European Union (EU) leaders’ views on whether to renew sanctions against Moscow in June, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told Sputnik.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proved to be a reliable ally of the Syrian government, accomplishing Moscow’s goals before withdrawing its armed forces, US Senator Mike Rounds told Sputnik on Tuesday.
The airstrikes in Syria conducted over the past 24 hours did not violate the ceasefire deal holding in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
The US Department of Defense has claimed that less than 10 Russian aircraft left Syria amid the announced withdrawal of the Russian Aerospace Forces from Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
The US-led coalition against the Daesh terrorist group launched three airstrikes in Syria and 14 in Iraq, according to the US Central Command (CENTCOM).
Former Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Ezzat Saad said that the conclusion of Russian operations in Syria may also give a powerful impetus to the political peace process in the country.
In Syria, Russia has demonstrated that political realism works in the twenty-first century, New York City-based political analyst Nikolay Pakhomov notes, adding that announcing the withdrawal of Russia's military contingent, President Putin "has shown, again, that he still calls the shots."
A sure sign of Russia’s geopolitical strength is that it can, and does, unilaterally set the international agenda. This has been made obvious again in the surprise announcement this week by President Putin to begin withdrawal of Russian military forces from Syria.
While the world, including Washington, puzzles over what exactly are Russia’s “largely achieved objections in Syria” which prompted its partial pullout from the country, Stratfor has arrived at its own conclusions.
US Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland said that Russian actions in Syria should not influence the decision on sanctions against Russia.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov opened a square dedicated to Russian-Syrian friendship at Hmeimim airbase in Syria Tuesday.
Washington is aware of reports that Russia is withdrawing forces from Syria, according to a spokesperson for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
High Negotiations Committee spokesman Salem Meslet said that Saudi-backed Syrian umbrella opposition group, committee plans to hold talks with Damascus on Syria's reconciliation.
Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col.-Gen. Viktor Bondarev said that the return of main part of the aviation group from Syria will be fulfilled according to the schedule.
The order from President Putin to partially withdraw from Syria came as a complete surprise to Washington and has prompted US media to speculate on the possible reasons behind this move, reviving concerns that the Russian leader is once again outmaneuvering Barack Obama.
Russia’s envoy to the UN Office at Geneva said that Moscow coordinates its efforts to settle the Syrian crisis with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura and the United States on a daily basis.
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker talks to writer and activist Dr. Tim Anderson about Russia's announcement that it will begin withdrawing its forces from Syria today after President Putin said the objectives of its operation had been achieved.
Because Russia was trying to help Syria in a limited time frame, it was successful, unlike the United States in Iraq, which along with military operations attempted to change civil administrations of countries.