The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the night of 14 to 15 March, held telephone talks with U.S. President Barack Obama, reported on the Kremlin website. During the conversation the two leaders discussed the situation in Syria and Russia’s decision to withdraw its troops from Arab Republic.
“The Russian President said that after the implementation of the main tasks of the Russian armed forces to combat international terrorism, adopted the decision for the withdrawal from Syria of the main part of the aviation section of the aerospace defence forces”, — stated in the message of the Kremlin.
In addition, both the President called for boosting political solution in Syria and expressed support for the talks on the Syrian settlement in Geneva, which “Syrians themselves must determine the future government”.
“Russian-American initiative, supported by the resolution of the UN Security Council 2268, has drastically reduced the bloodshed in Syria”, — is spoken in the message of the Kremlin.
In the White house, the message quoted by Reuters, also spoke about a telephone conversation between the two heads of state. In Washington said that Obama and Putin discussed the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. In addition, Obama welcomed the reduction in violence in Syria after the entry into force of the ceasefire.
Previously press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reported that the withdrawal of the main Russian forces of Syria’s President Vladimir Putin had not discussed any of the world leaders, except the President of the Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad.
The White house spokesman Josh Ernest in conversation with journalists on March 14 declared that Washington has not yet seen reports of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. The press Secretary also said it was difficult to answer the question whether the decision of Putin on the withdrawal of the main forces a result of agreements with Washington. However, he stressed that the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry is in constant contact with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Two U.S. official told Reuters that Washington do not see signs of withdrawal of Russian troops. According to them, the decision of Putin was not known in advance and it was a surprise for them.
On Monday evening, March 14, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov instructed from 15 March to begin the withdrawal of the main forces of Russia from Syria. According to him, the tasks assigned to the Ministry of defence were generally fulfilled.