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Russia to Syria: Foreign forces will be leaving soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets President of Syria Bashar Al-Assad (L) in Sochi, Russia on 17 May, 2018 [Kremlin Press Office/Anadolu Agency]
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and President Bashar Al-Assad (R) in Sochi, Russia on 17 May, 2018 [Kremlin Press Office/Anadolu Agency]

In view of the Syrian army’s recent “victories and success” foreign armed forces will be withdrawn from the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad yesterday.

According to the Kremlin, Al-Assad met with Putin in the Russian city of Sochi yesterday where the Russian told him: “Given the victories and successes of the Syrian army in the war on terror, in light of the onset of a more active period, and in light of the fact that a more active political process has begun, foreign armed forces will start leaving Syrian territory.”

Russia is one of Al-Assad’s strongest supporters and its intervention in Syria has allowed the regime to make large territorial gains in recent months, most recently in Ghouta.

Iran, Turkey and the US also have soldiers in the country which have been battling the Assad regime, Daesh and other opposition groups.

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