President Vladimir Putin, within the framework of his visit to the Russian airbase, Khmeimim, issued an order to begin the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Syria and stated that the Russian military was returning home with a victory.
The Russian leader noted that in two years or so the Russian military, together with the Syrian army, defeated the most efficient group of international terrorists. Now, Putin stressed, a significant part of the Russian military contingent, based in Syria, is returning to Russia.
"I order the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff, to start the withdrawal of the Russian group of troops to their permanent deployment points," Putin said, addressing military personnel, RIA Novosti reported.
Putin thanked the Russian servicemen at the air base of Khmeimim, noting that they are returning home with a victory.
The President added that the memory of the victims in the fight against terror will give Russia additional forces to eradicate the absolute evil that international terrorism is.
"It will not make us fold our hands and retreat. It is not in the nature of our people at all. On the contrary, this memory will give us additional forces to eradicate the absolute evil that international terrorism is under, under whatever guise it hides, "Putin said.
He also noted that if the terrorists in the Arab republic raise their heads again, Russia will strike at them with such blows, "which they have not yet seen."
According to the president, VKS Russia brilliantly fulfilled its task in Syria. "The task of combating armed bandits here in Syria, the task that had to be solved with the help of a large-scale application of the Armed Forces, has been largely resolved and solved brilliantly. I congratulate you, "Putin said.
He noted that the Russian Armed Forces, the defense industry enterprises showed the growing power of the Russian army and navy, and the high fighting efficiency of units and formations.
"Pilots, sailors, special operations forces, intelligence, military personnel of command, supply, military police, medical service, sappers, advisers in the Syrian army's combat form showed the best qualities of a Russian, Russian soldier: courage, heroism, cohesion and determination, brilliant training and professionalism, "Putin stressed.
The President added that now conditions have been created in Syria for a political settlement under the auspices of the United Nations, refugees are returning to their homes, and Syria itself is preserved as a sovereign and independent state.
On Monday morning, Putin flew to the Russian airbase Khemeymim, located in the Syrian province of Latakia. At the airport of Putin met the President of Syria, the Russian Defense Minister and the commander of the Russian group in Syria.
Last week, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Yury Shvytkin said that Russia intends to leave two military bases in Syria, as well as the Center for Reconciliation.
At the same time, Putin stated that the terrorist group IG * was completely routed on both banks of the Euphrates in Syria.
In March of 2016, Putin decided to withdraw most of the Russian VCS grouping due to the successful fulfillment of the tasks. At the same time, Russia has not abandoned its obligations to supply weapons and military equipment to Damascus and train military specialists. Also, the airbase Khemeymim and the logistics center of the Navy in Tartous continued to operate. In addition, the Russian Reconciliation Center operates in Syria.