Russian President arrives in Syria for surprise visit Monday morning, order troops to begin withdrawal from Syria; Putin: I order the defense minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases., Dec. 11, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria Monday, ordering Russian troops to begin pulling out of Syria.
Putin announced the end of its two-year military campaign against the Islamic State and “terrorist groups” in Syria during a visit to its Hmeimim air base near Latakia Monday morning where he was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian president reported that it had completed its military campaign and had “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists [in Syria]”.
Putin congratulated Russian troops on Monday morning, announcing “I order the defense minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases. I have taken a decision- a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia.”
He stated on Russia’s military campaign in Syria “The task of fighting armed bandits here in Syria, a task that it was essential to solve with the help of extensive use of armed force, has for the most part been solved and solved spectacularly.” He warned, “If the terrorists raise their heads again Russia will “carry out such strikes on them which they have never seen”.
The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia met in Sochi two weeks ago for a summit centered on Syria, the leaders announcing the beginning of a political solution to the Syrian civil war.
Russian forces have been in Syria since September of 2015, supporting the Assad regime.
Putin is scheduled to travel from Syria to Egypt to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Photo: Assad and Putin, CC, 2017