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Russian mine specialists and field engineers return from Syria — defense ministry

December 17, 2017, 20:37 UTC+3

Russian specialists took part in the withdrawal to Russia of engineering equipment and weapons

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NAKHABINO /Moscow Region/, December 17. /TASS/. Russian specialists from the International Mine Action Center in Syria have returned to their home base in Moscow’s Nakhabino, the Russian defense ministry’s press center said on Sunday.

"Servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Mine Action Center have returned to their home base in Nakhabino outside Moscow from Syria," the ministry said, adding that the Russian specialists took part in the withdrawal to Russia of engineering equipment and weapons, namely anti-mine machines, BTR-82AM armored vehicles, Taifun and Rys armored cars, specialized engineering equipment and Uran-6 robotic systems.

While visiting the Russian airbase at Syria’s Hmeymim on December 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to begin withdrawal of the Russian taskforce from Syria after the crushing defeat of Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia). Nevertheless, Russia will keep in Syria two military bases - Hmeymim and Tartus - along with the Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties.

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