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that the air carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, and other ships in Syria's Mediterranean coastline would be the first to be withdrawn.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