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BREAKING: Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to withdraw the main body of the air forces from Syria, saying its fundamental tasks in Syria were achieved.

According to a Kremlin statement, the withdrawal starts from Tuesday, while Moscow would also preserve an air flight control center in the Syrian territory to monitor the ceasefire regime.

The order, which was made during a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came as a fresh round of talks to end Syria’s civil war opened in Geneva on Monday.

Putin said the decision was discussed and coordinated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia began its air campaign in Syria on September 30.

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