The world has what may be its best opportunity to end the five-year Syrian civil war with Russia’s planned withdrawal and with peace talks resuming in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Kerry also told reporters he planned to travel to Russia next week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the way forward in Syria, whose civil war has killed more then 250,000 people and driven millions abroad as refugees.
On Monday, Putin called Syrian President Bashar Assad and informed him that Russia would withdraw a large portion of its forces in Syria.
“The task assigned to the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces as a whole has been largely accomplished, so I order the minister of defense to begin withdrawing the main part of our military factions of the Syrian Arab Republic tomorrow,” Russian news agency Interfax reports.
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