The first group of Russian aircraft has left Hmeymim airbase in Syria and is heading home to Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
“The first group of Russian aircraft from the Hmeimim Airbase has departed for home bases in the Russian Federation. The group consists of the ‘leader,’ a Tu-154 [transport aircraft], and multirole Su-34 [Fullback] bombers,” the Defense Ministry said in a press release.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is starting the withdrawal of its air group from Syria as conditions for internal political process in the country have been created.
“The Russian air campaign in Syria has created all necessary conditions for internal political settlement of the Syrian conflict,” Peskov told reporters.
“The pullout schedule is the responsibility of the Russian Defense Ministry,” Peskov said, adding that Russia will maintain the airbase in Hmeimim and the naval facility in Tartus in order to continue the monitoring of ceasefire regime.