March 14, 2016. Vladimir Putin, Russian President and the Supreme Commander of Russian armed forces, has ordered to start withdrawing the main part of Russian military grouping from the Syrian Arab Republic, according to the President’s website. 

Putin held a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, where they discussed the issues of "the Syrian settlement." The start of the withdrawal is scheduled for March 15.