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Putin says he wants all foreign forces to eventually quit Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow wanted all foreign forces, including the Russian military, to eventually withdraw from Syria.

Putin said that the presence of US forces in Syria violated the UN charter.

On another related development, Russia has delivered an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria, it said on Tuesday, in defiance of Israeli and US concerns that the arms sale would embolden Iran and escalate the Syrian war. Full story

Meanwhile, The US Defense Secretary Mattis, said on Tuesday that the number of US diplomats in Syria has doubled as ISIS militants near a military defeat. Read more