According to the President, the Russian Aerospace Forces have reached their aim.
Vladimir Putin instructed the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu to start withdrawal of the core Russian forces from Syria on March 15.
“I think that the task assigned to the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces generally was done. Thus, I’ve ordered the Minister of Defense to start withdrawal of our core military units from the Syrian Arab Republic tomorrow,” Putin said during his meeting with Russian defense and foreign ministers.
He also noted that the operation allowed achieving not only military success.
“Our Aerospace Forces contributed to the peaceful settlement,” he added. “We have challenged international terrorism”.