Putin orders start of Russian military withdrawal from Syria, says ‘objectives achieved’
The two leaders agreed that the actions of Russia's Air Force in Syria have allowed them to "profoundly reverse the situation" in connection to fighting terrorists in the region, having "disorganized militants' infrastructure and inflicted fundamental damage upon them."
This will certainly be the top of the headlines for the coming hours'
Initial western response via the Guardian
This is what the BBC says
Mr Putin is effectively saying "job done" in Syria. He is clear, though, that a Russian air base and a naval base will remain, so this is not a total military pull-out.
Coinciding with the Syria peace talks, it is yet another sign of Mr Putin's mastery of diplomatic showmanship.
Russia has about 30 combat aircraft in Syria and a small ground component protecting them, along with an unspecified number of Russian advisers and special forces on the ground, operating with the Syrian military.
Russia's intervention has achieved its main goals - consolidating President Assad's position, enabling his forces to re-take key pieces of strategic territory and ensuring that Mr Assad remains a factor in any future Syrian settlement