Russia to ‘Significantly’ Reduce Military Presence in Syria – General Staff

The statement comes in the wake of the liberation of over 90 percent of the Syrian territory from terrorists.

Russia is set to “significantly” reduce its military contingent in Syria, keeping two military bases — an airbase in Hmeymim and a naval base in Tartus — and the reconciliation center there, Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov has announced.

“After the completion of the military tasks a decision will be made by the supreme commander-in-chief and the contingent will be reduced.”

The announcement came in the wake of the meeting between leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran, who adopted a joint statement, in which the three ceasefire regime guarantors urged to continue de-escalation efforts in Syria in the framework of the Astana process, with President Vladimir Putin saying that the Arab Republic’s collapse has been prevented, while the civil war has almost stopped.