Russia-Syria: Putin orders start of pullout from Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday.

Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim air base, Interfax news agency reports.

In March 2016, Mr Putin declared that he planned to withdraw the majority of Russian troops from Syria.

The Russian president is due in both Egypt and Turkey for talks.

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