Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday hailed the defeat of ISIS terrorists in Syria during a visit to the war-torn country and also announced plans to withdraw a "significant part" of Russia's troop presence in Syria.
"The fact that we defeated ISIS, one of the main terrorist groups, here in Syria is extremely important for Syria, Russia, and the entire world," Putin said, according to a transcript provided by his office.
Putin's comments about defeating the terrorists and sending troops home may play well to a domestic audience in Russia after the 65-year-old leader confirmed last week that he plans to seek re-election.
Globally, though, Putin conceded that "the threat of terrorism remains high."
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