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Russia ‘scales down’ Syria military deployment – Yahoo News

#8220;The tasks set for the aircraft carrier group during its military mission have been fulfilled,#8221; added Russia#8217;s main commander in Syria Andrei Kartapolov, agencies reported.

Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, are currently pushing for peace talks to be held later this month in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana.

Since September 2015, Russia had boosted its firepower on land in Syria and off the coast in the Mediterranean in support of regime forces targeting the second city of Aleppo.

Moscow (AFP) #8211; Russia#8217;s military on Friday said it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, with Moscow#8217;s sole aircraft carrier set to be the first to quit the conflict zone.

Troops loyal to Russia#8217;s ally Bashar al-Assad finally ousted rebels from the city last month in their biggest victory in more than five years of fighting, paving the way for the Kremlin to launch a fresh push for a political solution to the conflict.

Gerasimov said that a naval group headed by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov would be the first to leave the area.

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