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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a surprise order to start the withdrawal of

  • his military forces from Syria. He has also told his diplomats to push for

  • peace as UN-mediated talks resume on ending the Syrian civil war.

  • Park Se-young has the details. The main deployment of Russian armed forces

  • in Syria will start leaving the country from Tuesday.

  • Speaking at the Kremlin, President Putin said Russia had largely achieved its aims.

  • "I believe that the goal set out to the ministry of defense and the armed forces has in large

  • part been fulfilled and that's why I order the minister of defense as of tomorrow to

  • start the pullout of the main part of our military grouping from the Syrian Arab Republic."

  • Putin's surprise decision comes as fresh peace talks aimed at resolving the Syrian civil

  • war resumed in Geneva. Russia began air strikes in September in support

  • of the Syrian government in the five-year conflict.

  • The Syrian opposition, which has bore the brunt of the strikes, says the withdrawal

  • will give peace talks "a positive push" if Russia is serious.

  • The president of the UN Security Council welcomed Moscow's announcement, calling it a "positive

  • statement."

  • "When we see forces withdrawing it means war is taking a different step. So that's good."

  • Experts say Putin's decision may be a signal to the Assad regime in Damascus that they

  • are not going to get Russian support indefinitely, and that further support may come at the price

  • of peace talks. Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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