Mission accomplished: Russia starts pulling out forces from Syria

The President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, ordered a partial pullout of military forces from Syria after negotiating a ceasefire deal with Iran and Turkey. Nationwide ceasefire between the government and opposition groups largely holds. Russia sees, that ceasefire offered an opportunity to end the armed conflict in Syria.

Russian Defense Ministry reports, that Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its naval group from the Mediterranean Sea is returning back to Russia.

"The Kuznetsov group will return to its home base in Severomorsk," the chair of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, announced on Friday. 

"In accordance with the decision by Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Defense Ministry is starting to downsize the grouping of the armed forces in Syria," the chief of the General Staff said.

The chair of the general staff of the Syrian armed forces, Leutnant General Ali Abdullah Ayyob thanked the Russian Air Forces.

“The support that the Russian Air Force offered was crucial for our victories, which paved the way for a ceasefire and created the conditions for launching a political settlement of the Syrian crisis,” said Ayyob.

DONi News Agency

Video: Russian Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in Action in Syria, 5.1.2017

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