Time: 7:20 p.m. CEST
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered a start of a military withdrawal from Russian forces of Syria, multiple sources and media report. As the New York Times says, Russia’s state news media informed on Monday. According to those reports, Putin spoke over the phone with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to inform him about withdrawal beginning on Tuesday.
“I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished,” Putin was quoted as saying by the Russia Today news service. “That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,” he said during a meeting with his top aides. The United Nations special envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, started another attempt on Monday to assist a peace deal between Assad’s forces and opposition forces against him.