May 19 2018

All foreign military forces should pull out from Syria - Russia’s envoy

All foreign countries including United States, Turkey, Iran, and Hezbollah should pull out their troops from Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev Russian President  Vladimir Putin's envoy for Syria said on Friday, Sputnik Turkish quoted

During his meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, Putin said that a political settlement in Syria should encourage foreign countries to pull out their troops from Syria.

“All foreign military forces in Syria should be pulled out. This includes United States and Turkey, along with Iran and Hezbollah," Lavrentyev said.

“We don’t have anything there apart from two bases. Once the situation becomes stabilised, our two bases will naturally stay there,” Lavrentyev said about Russia’s military presence in Syria. 

Turkey seized the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin in March 2018, after a two month military offence to clear the area from Kurdish forces, which Turkey recognises as an extension of Kurdistan Workers Party, an armed group which has been fighting inside Turkey for autonomy for more than 30 years. Turkey also has observation posts in rebel controlled Idlib, close to the Turkish border and some parts of northern Syria such as Jarablus are under the control of Syrian rebel forces backed by Turkey.