Putin Orders Russian Troops to Begin Leaving Syria on March 15  

World » RUSSIA | March 14, 2016, Monday // 21:50
Bulgaria: Putin Orders Russian Troops to Begin Leaving Syria on March 15    Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu during a meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 14 March 2016. EPA/BGNES

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to start withdrawing Russian troops from Syria on Tuesday.

"I think that the tasks set to the defense ministry have been generally fulfilled. That is why I order to begin withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow," Putin said on Monday at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to TASS.

"The efficient work of our military has created conditions for the start of a peace process," Putin added.

Putin has also expressed hope that the start of the troops’ pullout would become a strong incentive for negotiations between the rival political forces in Syria and asked Sergey Lavrov to step up Russia’s participation in the efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis by peaceful means.

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