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>> They've tipped the bloody stalemate on the battlefield for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Now Russia has begun a drawdown of its military forces in Syria. The head of the Russian General Staff announcing a decision has been taken to reduce the numbers of troops deployed there. First to return will be the Russian Navy's aircraft carrier and its fleet of escorts.
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The Admiral Kuznetsov deployed in October last year has been operating in the Mediterranean off the Syrian coast. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial pull-out of forces after negotiating a cease fire deal with Iran and Turkey in December. The truce has mostly been holding. Its sponsors say it excludes operations against Islamic State and Islamist militias.