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Breaking: Putin begins withdrawal of Russian Forces from Syria – Update

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Putin and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Putin orders start of Russian military withdrawal from Syria, says ‘objectives achieved’

… from Russia Today,  Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: My, my…Putin has thrown a game changer into the first day of the second round of the Geneva talks by pulling the rug out from under all the Russophobe claims that Moscow had come into Syria as part of a permanent aggressive move into the Mid East.
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Notice he does refer to the “main part of our military group” leaving, which I suspect means that all of the support for the Syrian Army and AF, and all the technical teams will remain to help the Syrians carry on with the battle against ISIL and al-Nusra. We will be getting commentary on this from all points on the compass, and we will update this throughout the dayJim W. Dean ]
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What will Moscow leave behind to deter Turkish aggression?

What will Moscow leave behind to deter Turkish aggression?

– First published  …  March 14,  2016
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to start the withdrawal of forces from Syria starting Tuesday.

“I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished. That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,” Putin said on Monday during a meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Moscow launched its anti-terror campaign in Syria on September 30 last year. Russia’s participation in the operation, according to a previous statement by Putin, has its basis in international law and has been conducted “in accordance with an official request from the president of the Syrian Arab Republic [Bashar Assad].”

The Russian Air Force has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist targets in the region, eliminating military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots.

At Moscow’s initiative, a phone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Syria’s President Bashar Assad was held on Monday evening, the Kremlin reported.

The two leaders agreed that the actions of Russia’s Air Force in Syria have allowed them to “profoundly reverse the situation” in connection to fighting terrorists in the region, having “disorganized militants’ infrastructure and inflicted fundamental damage upon them.”

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MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued an order to begin withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria starting from March 15.

“I think that the tasks set to the defense ministry are generally fulfilled. That is why I order to begin withdrawal of most of our military group from Syria starting from tomorrow,” Putin said on Monday at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In Putin’s words, during their operation in Syria, Russian military have demonstrated professionalism and teamwork, having performed all the set tasks.

“Besides, our military, soldiers and officers demonstrated professionalism, teamwork and ability to organize combat work far away from their territory, having no common borders with the theater of war,” he said.

During the operation in Syria, Russia managed to create even if a small, but efficient military alighment of multiple-type forces and means, the president said. “Efficient work of our military has created conditions for the start of a peace process,” the president said.

“With the participation of Russian military, Syrian troops and patriotic forces in Syria have managed to turn the tide in fight against international terrorism and take the initiative on practically all directions,” Putin stated.

Russian bases in Syria’s Tartus and Khmeimim are to continue operating in routine regime, the president went on to say.

“Our bases — the naval base in Tartus and the airbase at the Khmeimim airfield — will operate in a routine mode. They are to be safely protected from the land, from the sea and from air,” he told the defense and foreign ministers. Those Russian servicemen who will stay in Syria will be engaged in monitoring the ceasefire regime, Putin added.

Russia’s aerospace forces launched pinpoint strikes against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra targets in Syria on September 30 after the Federation Council upper parliament house unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request for the use of the armed forces against terrorists in Syria.

The Russian air group in Syria comprises more than 50 warplanes and helicopters, including Su-34 and Su-24M bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30SM fighters and Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. Air strikes have been delivered at military hardware, communications centers, transport vehicles, munitions depots and other terrorist infrastructure facilities. The military operation has been conducted at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Troops withdrawal to motivate negotiations in Syria

The Russian president said he hopes the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops will become a good motivation for launching negotiations between political forces of that country and instructed the foreign minister to intensify Russia’s participation in organization of peace process in Syria.

“I hope today’s decision will be a good signal for all conflicting parties. I hope it will sizeably increase trust of all participants in the process,” the president said.  “I ask the Russian Foreign Ministry to intensify Russia’s participation in organizing the peace process to solve the Syrian problem,” he added.

For his part, Lavrov told the president that the operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces had created the conditions for the political process in Syria. Russia’s top diplomat recalled that Russia had consistently advocated the establishment of the intra-Syrian dialogue.

He noted that the intra-Syrian talks had resumed in Geneva earlier on Monday. “The work is not easy, it is yet to be understood how all these groups (taking part in the talks) could gather at the same table together,” Lavrov said. “But the process has got underway, and it is in our common interests to make it sustainable and irreversible.”

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin has discussed and coordinated the decision on the beginning of withdrawal of Russia’s forces from Syria with Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad.

“Everything voiced at the meeting [of Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu] was told our Syrian colleagues and coordinated with president [Bashar] Assad,” Peskov said.

The Syrian President told Vladimir Putin by telephone that he was ready to start a political process in Syria as early as possible, the Kremlin press service said.

“The Syrian leader said he was ready to start a political process in the country as soon as possible. [Putin and Assad] expressed the hope that the full-scale UN-mediated talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives in Geneva would produce concrete results,” the Kremlin said.

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36 Responses to "Breaking: Putin begins withdrawal of Russian Forces from Syria – Update"

  1. caspervanmartin  March 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Putin and his honorable Russian comrades didn’t just bring ISIS to heel in Syria…they brought the world a little truth and saved hundreds of thousands of innocent lives including a few ungrateful Americans. Hats off to Putin and the Russian Army.

  2. Allesandro  March 15, 2016 at 6:14 am

    The recent delivery of weapons and supplies in the last week indicates Russia has this partial withdrawal figured into this move.

  3. Peter Johnson  March 15, 2016 at 4:56 am

    This is a brilliant move. Russia left as quietly and effortlessly as it came. And can come and go again with as little fanfare.

    It signals to Iraq, Lybia, and all others that they don’t need to worry about asking Russia for air support — They won’t be swapping ISIS for an endless stint as a Soviet SSR. Russia will leave when the job is over. If anything, they may even leave too early.

    However, the option to return is still there and everyone knows it. If it takes them 24 hours to leave, it can take 24 hours for them to come back. Does anyone really want Russia to conduct another 9000 sorties — this time against them? If not, then they can sit down and negotiate like civilised people, because the Russians can be back just as quickly as they left.

  4. Howie  March 15, 2016 at 4:19 am

    You recon maybe Russia has advanced knowledge oy an evil entity that was getting ready to arm the moderate head choppers with AA missiles, ’80s Afghan style ?.

    This move would definitely knock all the hot air out of those sails…

  5. Jonas E. Alexis  March 15, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Putin is obviously putting the Neocons/Neo-Bolsheviks out of job. What are they going to do now? Changing tires?

  6. Charlotte NC Bill  March 15, 2016 at 2:29 am

    A premature de-escalation…The US/Saudi/Israeli/”moderate” ISIS coalition will come roaring back..

    • Howie  March 15, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Interesting choice of words, Premature.

  7. Bartered  March 15, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Im guessing the Syrian government is far better equiped since the time before Russia intervened. Not to mention that airfield near Allepo may not be empty for long when the Turkey/US/Saudi/isreali alliance find a way to break the peace talks and force Russia to enlist a tiny percentage of their overall military capacity.
    Putin is going to make sure the burden of guilt rests on the quilty without any doubt. The moronic media trolls will be speechless.

  8. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Tony: NO. What “was just rolled under the bus” was the official Western media narrative about an overly-aggressive, expansionist Russia invading, bombing & occupying Syria to prop up Assad and to add Syria as just another colony. Similar to what Russia did with Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya & Germany. ;-).

    The Syria-Russia-led coalition now more-or-less includes UN, U.S. and many US-led coalition members. Saudis, Qataris, Israelis & Turks etc. will now incur the wrath of a much expanded coalition if they invade Syria or resupply their proxies to destroy UN-approved Syrian peace plans. No more Turk/Saudi jihadi recruitment based on Christian ‘infidels’ murdering US-backed ‘moderate head choppers.’ What’s not to like?

  9. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Mick: Putin committed the ultimate ‘mortal’ sin — desecrating the Western/MSM shrine, talking point & mantra — That Russia is only in Syria to prop up Assad. Such B.S. Assad will now sink or swim on his own.

  10. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Some/Many Iraqi leaders are asking Russia to do this.

  11. Pink Rabbit  March 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I read a fascinating explaination on another site. That Putin saw the Zionist WW3 coming down the pike. And Putin said, ‘ I’m not being a part of that. You can do what you will, but we won’t play your evil game. ‘ And maybe that will spoil the war for them. It’s worth a chance to avoid Gog and Magog.

  12. Charlotte NC Bill  March 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    So how long will Talmudia be allowed to continue to give ISIS air support? This is a premature escalation. He should have gone all out until Good Friday…then take the weekend off and evaluated, ISIS is still too strong, Turkey hasn’t been reigned in..they’re still operating much too brazenly. I don’t know…we need to see Turk battalions running away from the Syrian border with their asses on fire. We need to see Israeli jets sent to support ISIS get blown from the sky…Too soon Putin, too soon.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Swoon too, Putin, swoon… Your ‘feint’ is masterful. Almost Sun-Tzu-like. Or better…

  13. Altimometer  March 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    No colonial empire builder here for the Hanoi singer to crow about,takes the edge off the flap about a new Soviet Union too, knowing who they were anyway.

  14. Jim G  March 14, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I think we are all a bit behind. I see where the head of the EU said Ukraine would not be a member of the EU for 25 years, Germany bypassed the Ukraine gas system, and Russia and the EU are sending a spacecraft to Mars together. Ukraine is going through an anti-corruption program. In Syria, the Russians will join the US in kicking ISIS our of Raqqa or whatever, their capital. The article seemed to indicate that Russia would work as part of the US alliance. Simply put, the Russians won on both fronts, Their goal is simply to have the US and Europe comply with international law. Perhaps that is the agreement. If Western electronic weapons do not work against the Russians, why not join them.

  15. Dan Sheppard  March 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    This was confusing news to hear at first, but now it makes sense. The job is done, and only the Syrians whether government forces or opposition, should be able to determine what happens next without international interference of the process. This is something you will never see from the West.

  16. Pink Rabbit  March 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Some clue in how fast Putin is stepping back, like advance knowledge needed to be hidden or perhaps a sudden knowledge of an event about to occur. Also as others pointed out, the recent peace talks could have provided cover to do certain planning, communication, and arrangements under guise of signing contracts. Or even the peace talks got Putin intelligence of a false flag he was going to be blamed for. So, what is happening in near future that needed this action?

  17. SweetLove  March 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Looking forward to VT’s analysis on this.

    • Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  March 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      We will need more information for an analysis, but first up will be to measure reaction, and we have two opposite poles already. One of the major opposition figures had channeled me on my thoughts, “Russian troops have carried out the main task.This decision will open the doors for a political conflict resolution,” Qadri Jamil, said.”This decision proves that Russia has fulfilled its promise, saying from the very beginning that the campaign in Syria will be a temporary action, he noted… And then McCain, “The Syrian conflict will grind on, ISIL [Islamic State] will grow stronger and the refugees will keep coming.”

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      McCain is becoming more and more irrelevant by the day — despite McCain’s close ties to ISIS leader al-Baghdadi and ISIS-Turk Sultan Erdogan.

  18. Cold Wind  March 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Apparently, Putin is not concerned about his own reports that Turkish troops have entered Syria and are digging in? Why would Erdogan not simply interpret Russia’s ‘deescalation’ as a go sign for taking control of the border areas? It look like Putin has come around to the idea of some partition for Syria or he is repositioning forces for a major war somewhere else. What’s to stop Turkey now?

    • Poppadop  March 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Why would Erdogan not simply interpret Russia’s ‘deescalation’ as a go sign for taking control of the border areas?

      Maybe luring Turkey into taking the “first shot” like that was the whole point…?

  19. Watchdog  March 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Got the same feeling He will check mate the gang.

  20. James  March 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Reading the comments I can see people having some misconceptions. Russia isn’t going anywhere, it’s just decreasing its military presence. Besides, those planes can be back in a day, if necessary. And the warships with cruise missiles will most likely stay close for time being. Lastly, Putin isn’t a dummy, he obviously knows something we don’t. So relax, people.

  21. Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  March 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    This was not a hasty decision by Moscow. The Syrian army and Air Force is in the process of being refurbished and retrained, not only in the updated weapons systems but in combined operations. It’s fighting ability has gone way up. With the SAA not having to fight on all fronts it will be able to handle the al-Nusra and ISIL people in time due to being able to concentrate their forces. And of course others will have to contribute to block the resupply sources and the spotlight will be on them.

    • kinggeor  March 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      How does this tie in with ISIS is not ISIS but Kurds? With your revelations in that article do you think both Iraq and Syria will push the Kurds into Turkey a slaughtering field for their regressions?

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      JWD: Brilliant move. Certainly not hasty. Assad & SAA now have opportunity to show what they can do. Kurds & U.S. will now probably block IS/AQ resupply routes — with continuing SAA & Ruskie assistance.

      KingGeor: Barzani & Iraqi Kurds are ISIS — not Syrian Kurds. Current ‘federation’ discussions may be about semi-autonomous regions for Syrian, Iraqi, Turkish & Iranian Kurds, which may be one reason that Erdogan’s Turk PM recently visited Tehran.

  22. FoxRenard  March 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Tell me why I have the feeling that Americans, Turkish, Saudis and zionists will move headlong towards Putin’s trap ?

  23. rulez  March 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    putin is playing chess again!!

  24. Sukhoi Berkut  March 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    The withdraw is a clear demonstration of weakness.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      SB: You are so full of yourself that your eyes are turning brown.

  25. Snoop Dough  March 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I would not look at this as a withdrawal, Russian Air force, Russian Mediterranean naval forces are present, plus 80+ Russian drones to supervise the peace process!

  26. Codoh  March 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I’m so surprised im not even sure what to think…I think whats sure is that Russia made his point regarding Syria, that it won’t let it fall, and that negotiation on Geneva or wherever else the entire thing might go is the way forward. The forces on the ground will continue to push back as they did till now, and im sure Russia will make sure it will be done so, even if they pull out some of the toys they have there. What is also certain is that some shady deal has been struck between Russia and NATO/USA regarding Syria, just as it was struck between the US and Russia in Klaniningrad not long ago between Nuland that that young russian diplomat (former adviser to Putin i think). Will see what this brings…whats most important is that the military operations continue both in Iraq and Syria and ISIS/Turkey gets kicked out for good.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 14, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Codoh: Together, both the Syria/Russia-led coalition and the U.S.-led coalition will continue to kick Turk/Saudi/ISIS butt (and butts of formerly US-backed, non-signatory ‘moderate head choppers’).

      Assad & Putin agree that Russia’s move is now positive and “the way forward.” The Syria-Russia-led coalition will soon re-take Aleppo. Maybe Palmyra & Raqqa too. If so, will that be enough for you (for now)?

  27. Amelius  March 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the update Jim. I didn’t see this coming, not now anyways. With Russia gone, should we expect to see the Saudi/Turkey/US/ Israel/ ISIS coalition renew their regime change efforts against Assad? Giving up on their tyrannical goals is not something I would expect to see in their playbook.

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