Russia praises US decision to pull troops out of Syria

Russia praised President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE's decision to start withdrawing American forces from Syria, saying that the move creates hopes for "a political solution."

"A milestone story which might evolve from this decision is a real prospect for a political solution," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The Russian Embassy in the U.S. also shared the statement.

The White House confirmed in a statement that the administration has "started returning United States troops home" from Syria, but emphasized that coalition efforts in Syria would continue. 

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Several Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (S.C.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWisconsinites need infrastructure that is built to last  Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security MORE (Fla.), criticized the action, with Graham calling it an "Obama-like mistake." 

"Staying there is an insurance policy against the reemergence of [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and destruction of our Kurdish allies who fought so bravely against them," said Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Some Democrats, like Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps Hamlin opens up on playing anthrax-era Tom Brokaw MORE (Calif.), have praised the move, along with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Cotton swipes at Fauci: 'These bureaucrats think that they are the science' Paul, Cruz fire back after Fauci says criticism of him is 'dangerous' MORE (R-Ky.).

Russia and the U.S. have been supporting opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. Russia supports the government led by President Bashar Assad, while the U.S. backs local forces that oppose the government.