RUSSIA BEGINS TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM SYRIA
MOSCOW, Russia- Russia has begun a partial withdrawal of its troops in Syria, under the order of President Vladimir Putin, local media reported on Tuesday.
Putin announced the withdrawal during an unannounced visit to the Hmeymim military airfield in Syria, on Monday.
The first withdrawal includes 23 war planes, two Ka-52 helicopters, and partial military troops, composed of contingents, special operation forces, field hospital troops and de-mining teams, Sergey Surovikin, the commander of Russian forces in Syria, was quoted by Tass news agency, as saying.
Surovikin also pointed out that Russia will keep two military bases in Syria, the Hmeymim airbase and the Tartus naval base, which will guarantee stability of Syria in the future.
Local media reported that, with the support of the Russian air force, the Syrian army has liberated 98 percent of territory controlled by terrorist groups, in the past two years.
With 69 war planes deployed in Syria, Russia spent an average of 156 million rubles (2.6 million U.S. dollars) every day, in the war-torn country.
Moreover, 40 Russian servicemen died and at least seven pieces of Russian military equipment were destroyed in Syria, since Sept, 2015, when Moscow began military operations against terrorist groups in Syria, at the request of Damascus, according to the reports.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/russia-begins-troop-withdrawal-from-syria/General