Russia is keeping its naval presence and warplanes will continue to monitor bases near Latakia
Vladimir Putin says he's ready to redeploy jets to Syria ‘within hours'. The Russian President stresses he will continue to provide intelligence and military aid to his ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The bulk of forces may have withdrawn but Russia is keeping its naval presence in Tartus. Warplanes meanwhile will continue to monitor bases near Latakia. Putin states despite the pullback high-tech air defense systems are still in use.
Vladimir Putin, Russian President: "All the components of the deployed anti-aircraft system, including the close-range complexes Pantsir-S and long range complexes Triumph S400, will be on continuous combat alert."
The Russian president believes Assad is ready for compromise in peace negotiations. Putin states that Russian forces ‘fulfilled their mission' in Syria.
Analysts say the objective was to tip the war in Assad's favor without actually letting him take back most of his country.
Meanhwhile, Russian jets are continuing to leave Syria following the withdrawal announcement made by Putin this week. According to the Russian leader the five month air strike campaign cost over USD 480 million.