Putin stuns world with snap withdrawal From Syria…here’s the genius behind it
This surprising announcement can be understood in several different ways:
Putin is acting according to a covert deal with Washington.
Putin is “pulling a Kissinger”, ie declaring victory and getting out before push comes to shove.
Putin merely tries to create the impression of a ‘peace maker’ while the bulk of his forces will still remain in Syrian territories in Latakia and Hmeimim.
Either way, the Shiites in Syria can’t hope to withstand the Sunni counter offensive once Russian air support is withdrawn. The war is obviously undecided yet and the rebels have been using the cease-fire to arm themselves with more advanced weapons. We also have to assume that scores of Arab League special operators have used the opportunity to infiltrate Syria and boost the rebel forces. It remains to be seen what’s in store for Syria in the coming weeks in light of this development.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Moscow will begin withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria.
On Monday, President Putin indicated that the Kremlin will start withdrawing its main forces in Syria, saying that the military has largely achieved its objectives.
“I think that the task that was assigned to the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces as a whole has achieved its goal, and so I order the defense minister to start tomorrow withdrawing the main part of our military factions from the Syrian Arab Republic,” President Putin said during a meeting with the Russian Defense and Foreign Ministries, according to RIA Novosti.
The withdrawal will begin on Tuesday.
“With the participation of the Russian military…the Syrian armed forces and patriotic Syrian forces have been able to achieve a fundamental turnaround in the fight against international terrorism and have taken the initiative in almost all respects,” the Russian president said.
“There has been a significant turning point in the fight against terrorism,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
Putin expressed hope that this decision will encourage all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to pursue a peaceful resolution.
“I ask the ministry of foreign affairs to intensify the participation of the Russian Federation in the organization of the peace process towards a solution to the Syrian crisis,” Putin said.
Moscow will, however, maintain a military presence in Syria, and a deadline for complete withdrawal has not yet been announced. Putin also indicated that Russian forces will remain at the port of Tartus and Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russia has informed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the decision. A statement from Assad’s office
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