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Putin tells Assad Russia will defend Syrian sovereignty

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad in a new year's greeting that Russia will continue supporting Syria's efforts to defend its sovereignty, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
Earlier this month Putin ordered the Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing from the country, but said Russia would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartous "on a permanent basis."
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