Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syrian territory. Putin said Russia and Syria succeeded in reaching a mission to destroy the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after two years of military operations.
As quoted on Monday (11/12/2017), announcement of the withdrawal of this troop delivered by Putin on a surprise visit to Hmeymim Air Force owned by Russia in Latakia, Syria on Monday (11/12).
On this surprise visit, Putin held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Putin also spoke with Russian soldiers in Syria.
Russia first launched an airstrike in Syria in September 2015 to intervene in the Syrian conflict that broke out since 2011. This Russian intervention aims to help the Assad regime fought against rebel groups as well as ISIS.
On the other hand, this intervention also increased the influence of Russia in the Middle East region.
In a statement on Monday (11/12) local time, Putin ordered the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops to their permanent bases in Russia.
“The task of fighting armed bandits in Syria, a very important task to be solved with the help of massive armed forces, has largely been resolved and resolved spectacularly,” Putin said.
“I congratulate you all!” Putin added to the Russian troops in Syria.
In a statement presented by the Russian presidential palace or the Kremlin, Putin said Russia would continue operating Hmeymim air base and Navy facilities in the Tartous Port of Syria.