US President Congratulates Putin and Assad.

Russian warplanes in Syria

The US President has congratulated Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad after both agreed on pullout of the major part of the Russian Aerospace Forces from the war-torn country.

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama (archive)

“President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other”. 

“They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria and next steps required to fully implement the cessation of hostilities with the goal of advancing the political negotiations on resolution of the conflict,” according to the White House.

Sukhoi Su-35 fighter

“President Obama welcomed the much-needed reduction in violence since the beginning of the cessation, but stressed that continuing offensive actions by Syrian regime forces risk undermining both the Cessation of Hostilities and the UN-led political process,” the statement added.

Sukhoi Su-35 at the assembly facility

The Kremlin press service announced late on Monday that following a telephone conversation between Russian President Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad the two leaders agreed on pullout of the major part of the Russian Aerospace Forces from the war-torn country since “the Russian Armed Forces fulfilled the fundamental missions, which had been assigned to them.”

Sukhoi Su-35S fighter

Russia, however, will keep an air flights control center in Syria to monitor the observation of the ceasefire regime, the Kremlin said.

Mi-24 combat helicopter at the Hmeymim airbase

Defense Minister of Russia Sergey Shoigu was ordered to launch the military pullout from Syria starting today March 15.

Sukhoi Su-35S fighter

Russia has been carrying out an anti-terror operation in Syria since September 30, 2015. The Russian air task force has been operating against terrorists in Syria. Some strikes against terrorists were delivered by the Russian Navy.

Mi-24 combat helicopters

Russia's Sukhoi Su-35S fighters have been redeployed to Syria to provide additional air support to the air grouping fighting against the Islamic State. Photo: Sukhoi Su-35S fighter (archive)

Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft at the Hmeymim airbase

Moscow has also redeployed S-400 air defense systems for protection of the air grouping and the air base

Aerospace Force's Sukhoi Su-34 bomber in Syria

Aerospace Force's Sukhoi Su-34 bomber in Syria

Su 24M jet taking off from the Hmeymim airbase

Sukhoi Su-25SM warplane

Russian serviceman loading an R-73 missile

Sukhoi Su-24M at Hmeymim airbase