Russia says it has begun to draw down its military forces in Syria as a nationwide ceasefire between the government and opposition groups largely holds in the Arab country.

With the relative success of the current Syrian ceasefire, Russia has begun to withdraw some forces from Syria.

“In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, (President) Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defense Ministry is beginning to reduce its armed forces deployment in Syria,” TASS news agency quoted Valery Gerasimov as saying.

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Gerasimov explained that the air carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, and other ships in Syria’s Mediterranean coastline would be the first to be withdrawn.

Andrei Kartapolov, Russia’s main commander in Syria, also said Friday that “the tasks set for the aircraft carrier group during its military mission have been fulfilled.”

This is not a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. WHy so soon? Trust that the ceasefire will hold for so long? And what about ISIS and nusra? The aircraft carrier wont be useful against them?

    Anyway, I trust putin and i think its a sign of his goodwill to show erdogan and others that he can be trusted, but if they cross the line …. oh boy.

    • Kuznetsov is more a cruiser than an aircraft-carrier. Su-33 were landbased anyway : you can’t use them fully loaded from a skijump (unless you use JATOs but seems Russians still don’t consider the idea), the interest was to deploy at once her and Pyotr Velikiy in order to have a gigantic number of S-300 and Buk in case of cruise missile attack. Kuznetsov has “just” 192 Buk onboard.
      Pyotr Velikiy has “just” 96 S-300, 128 Tor, 40 OSA and 240 Tunguska missiles… Having just her around, especially as she runs on nuke power should be enough to calm down the Brits if they want to run Amok against SAA and very likely Saudis and Turks too…
      Many countries even haven’t such powerful air defences this ship has, LOL!
      Now, I am very dubious about a Russian withdrawal, even if it’s only a part, at the actual level of events and even for a while : just fuckin learn about the history of jihad! Just think about the 1st generation of jihadists fooled the Mecca inhabitants with the Hudaybiyyah treaty. Arafat used the same principle with the Oslo agreement, even if he was supposed secular (well, actually, PLO has Nazi roots and the real founder was both a grand mufti of al-Aqsa and a Waffen SS general… Think about it : he even fooled the commies into helping him!).

  2. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”
    Yeah, right!
    In other words, shows over!
    This presentation of ‘Putin The Powerful’ was brought to you by Putin the pretender.
    All political theater.
    Has the future security of Syria actually been secured?

    Ultimately, Erdogan will be left in the strongest position in Syria. The advantages of simple geographic logistics will obtain. Then, we’ll see which “side” Erdogan chooses. We all know that the future economic viability of Turkey is in some accommodation with the EU.