Putin calls for ‘illegal’ foreign forces to leave Syria

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MOSCOW, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said foreign military forces “present illegally” inside Syrian territory should leave the country.

In the interview to Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia and RT Arabic prior to his visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Putin said that the Russian army would withdraw from Syria if its government decides so.

“If a future legitimate Syrian government says that they won’t need the presence of the Russian army anymore, it will apply for the Russian Federation as well,” he added.

Russia is one of two main military backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Iran.

Al jazeera

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