Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to begin withdrawing from the main parts of Syria starting Tuesday, after a meeting with the country’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday. The Russian base at Tartus and its Khmeimim airbases will continue to operate. Russian media said Putin held talks over the phone with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday evening, and Assad had agreed on the reduction of Russian forces.
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