Skip to main content

What are real reasons behind Russian troop drawdown in Syria?

Russia's strategy behind withdrawing its forces from Syria could include wanting to protect them from escalating danger while winning points with voters.
Russian marines, who guarded Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria, gather next to a plane as they arrive at the Belbek military airport near the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov - GF10000277138
Read in 

MOSCOW — It might take a Russian chess master to keep track of Russia’s maneuvering of troops in Syria.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced Feb. 10 that a battalion of Russian military police had returned to Chechnya from Aleppo. He said the Chechen capital city of Grozny welcomed the servicemen with a ceremonial rally, and several servicemen received military awards. The battalion had been charged with protecting Russian Defense Ministry facilities and ensuring public order and security for civilians.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.