March 14, 2016 / 9:02 PM / 4 years ago

Syrian presidency denies reports of differences with Russia

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian presidency on Monday denied suggestions that Russia’s announcement that its forces would start pulling out of Syria reflected a difference between the two countries, saying the step was coordinated and had been studied for some time.

A statement from the presidency said it had received many questions about the announcement, and some reports had spread interpretations “that what happened reflects a Syrian-Russian difference that led to the decision to reduce forces”.

The Syrian presidency “confirms that the whole subject happened in complete coordination between the Russian and Syrian sides, and is a step that was carefully and accurately studied for some time”, the statement said.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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