Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to address issues of settling the Syrian crisis. The President gave an order to begin withdrawing the main part of Russian troops from the Syrian Arab Republic on March 15.
First Russian warplanes leave Syria after President Putin’s surprise decision to withdraw most of his forces https://t.co/hMvNZnL3dd
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 15, 2016
The President of Russia also instructed the Foreign Ministry to intensify the Russian Federation’s participation in organising the peace process to resolve the Syrian problem.
— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) March 16, 2016