Putin Says Russia Has Withdrawn 1,140 Military Personnel and 13 Warplanes From Syria

Russian president says forces have pulled out of Syria in the last few days

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May 17, 2018.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia has withdrawn 1,140 military personnel and 13 warplanes from Syria in last few days. 

"As you know, we started withdrawing our forces during my visit to Hmeimim base. This withdrawal continues now," Putin said at a ceremony for military college graduates in the Kremlin. 

"In the last few days, 13 warplanes, 14 helicopters and 1,140 personnel have been withdrawn." 

Putin visited Syria in December 2017.