Al Kuwait, March 15. /TASS/. The partial withdrawal of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria will contribute to peaceful settlement of the crisis, leader of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani said Tuesday.
"The pullout of Russian troops from Syria may become a step toward peace settlement in Syria," the Sky News Arabia television channel quoted an excerpt from the interview with the politician.
On Monday, March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start, from March 15, withdrawing the main part of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria. Putin said the tasks set before the military "have been fulfilled on the whole." Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.
The regime of cessation of hostilities took effect in Syria at the start of day on February 27. An hour before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a ceasefire. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.
The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations (both are banned in Russia) as well as other groups ruled terrorist by the Security Council.
The UN has noted that the ceasefire regime, despite separate cases of violations, has been observed on the whole and has led to a considerable reduction of the level of violence in Syria.
According to UN statistics, fighting between Syrian government troops and militants has killed over 220,000 people and displaced millions since its start in 2011. Gangs of militants making part of various armed formations, the most active of them being the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, have been fighting government troops.