Putin, on visit, orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria: agencies

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Posted: Dec 11, 2017 5:19 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing and held surprise talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a visit to Russia's Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, Russian news agencies reported.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Andrew Osborn)