Vladimir Putin, the Russian President ordered the Russian Forces to start withdrawing from Syria after he believed that the purpose of being in Syria was achieved.
The First Group of the Russian Fighter Jets have also left Syria today on Tuesday, as stated by the Defense Ministry.
“I think that the task that was assigned to the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces as a whole has achieved its goal, and so I order the defense minister to start tomorrow withdrawing the main part of our military factions from the Syrian Arab Republic,” Putin said.
Russia had begun the airstrikes in September in support of the Syrian government in a civil war which is now nearly five years old.
The announcement of withdrawal is seen an as excellent timing by the Russian President as it is in line with the Syrian Peace Talks which has started in Geneva, Switzerland. Political Analysts are viewing this timing perfect as this would put President Assad under pressure to reach a political situation to ensure continuation of the Syrian State.
Putin is also reported to have spoken with the US President Barack Obama about withdrawing the Russian forces as having completed their main tasks in the fight against terrorism. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also welcomed the Russia’s decision to begin withdrawing forces from Syria.
Russia fighter jets and military transport planes have already started taking off from the coastal Hmeimim air base in Latakia on their way home to Russia. Though, the The head of the defense committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament has estimated that about 1,000 Russian military personnel will remain in Syria at Russia’s two bases as Russia plans to leave its powerful S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in place which means that Russia will control the Syrian Air Space, also Viktor Ozerov, The head of the parliamentary defense committee, said today that about 1,000 Russian military personnel would remain in Syria at the two bases.
Ozerov says Russia would need a minimum of two battalions, a total of 800 troops, to protect the two bases. It is estimated that there are around 3000 to 6000 Russian Military Personnel in Syria .
Many Political Analysts are also speculating that this move by Russia for withdrawing its forces could pave a way to the exit of Bashar-Al-Assad, President of Syria, though, It remains to be seen what happens next.