Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Obama, Putin discuss Russia's 'partial withdrawal' from Syria

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The White House said Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin discussed Russia's planned military drawdown in Syria on Monday, hours after a shock announcement that could signal a new phase in the five-year-old conflict.

"They discussed President Putin's announcement today of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria and next steps required to fully implement the cessation of hostilities," the White House said in a statement. (READ MORE)