Damascus ruled out the link between withdrawal and contradictions with Moscow

The administration of President Bashar al-Assad issued a statement in which it denied the possible connection between Russia’s decision to withdraw troops and contradictions between Moscow and Damascus, according to Reuters. The statement emphasizes that this step was agreed with the Syrian leadership, and for some time previously been studied.

In a statement, the Assad administration indicated that they received a lot of questions about the statements of Moscow, and some messages were voiced by the assumption that “the incident reflects the conflict between Russia and Syria, which led to the decision to withdraw the main part of Russian troops”.

The administration of Syrian President “confirms that all happened in full coordination between the Russian and Syrian parties, and is a step that has been carefully studied for some time,” the statement said.