"A part of our military group has been traditionally deployed in Syria for many years and now it will be tasked to fulfill a very important job of monitoring the ceasefire regime and creating conditions for peace process".
"I hope today's decision (of withdrawal) will be a good signal for all conflicting parties. I hope it will considerably increase trust of all participants in the process."
This is the official press release from Putin during a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Putin also ordered the foreign ministry to intensify efforts to push forward the Syrian peace process, while praising the Russian air forces in Syria for the efficient work that "created conditions for the start of a peace process."
Both Putin and Assad hoped the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, which starts Monday 15 March, 2016 under the UN auspices, could bring concrete results, while the latter stressed his readiness to start political process in Syria as soon as possible.
Assad also expressed gratitude to Russia for the substantial help in the fight against terrorism and the humanitarian aid delivery to Syrian civilians.
Putin said the decision was discussed and coordinated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a phone conversation earlier in the day, adding that “the fundamental tasks set for the Russian armed forced in Syria were resolved.”