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SEPTEMBER 2020

Russia to Reduce Its Military Presence in Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to reduce Russia’s military presence in Syria.

Russia to Reduce Its Military Presence in Syria

Russian servicemen at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria (Photo: RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to a suggestion of the Russian Defense Ministry to reduce Russia’s military presence in Syria.

“I agree with the proposal of the Defense Ministry to reduce our presence in the Syrian Republic, military [presence],” the president said during a meeting with the heads of the Defense Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, Sergey Shoigu and Sergei Lavrov.

Putin also stressed that Russia would “definitely continue to fight against international terrorism and will continue to support the legitimate Syrian government in the fight against terrorism.”

The Russian President added that the agreements reached on development of the military bases of the Russian Armed Forces in Tartus and Hmeymim would continue to be performed.

Putin also thanked Shoigu and Lavrov for “what has been done on this very important area of combating international terrorism.”

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