: U.S. State Department welcomes Russia withdrawal of forces in Syria
Politics12:57 Mar. 17, 2016
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U.S. State Department welcomes Russia withdrawal of forces in Syria

Mark Toner, Deputy State Department Spokesman: "A significant reduction in the level of violence and attacks against civilians seen the last two days in Syria"

Ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow, a spokesman says the US welcomes Russia withdrawal of forces in Syria.

Mark Toner, Deputy State Department Spokesman: "We are certainly aware of reports today that Russian military has continued its withdrawal and has withdrawn already a significant portion of its military forces in Syria. Obviously it's still very early in this process but it is worth also noting that or it's also worth noting rather that the last two days have seen a significant reduction in the level of violence and attacks against civilians in Syria and that the suspension of hostilities continues to largely hold."

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Mark Toner, Deputy State Department Spokesman: "If indeed Russia's actions are intended to bolster this is cessation of hos tilities and strengthen the political or the proximity talks towards a political process, then this is clearly something that we believe could be helpful to the Syrian people and we would welcome that."

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