Report: Russia withdraws all army personnel from Syria

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June 26, 2013 19:20

 
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Russia has pulled out all its army personnel from Syria due to the rising security threat in the embattled country, AFP cited Russian daily Vedomosti as saying Wednesday.

The reported withdraw leaves the naval port in Tartus, on Syria's western cost, unmanned.

A source from the Russian defense ministry was cited in Vedomosti as saying the decision to remove all Russian defense ministry, military and civilian personnel was made to reduce the risk of physical and political danger that could emanate from the fighting in Syria, AFP reported. 

According to the unnamed Russian source, the death of Russians caused by forces from any side of the Syrian conflict could strain political ties with Moscow, a Soviet-era ally of Syria.

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