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Putin calls for foreign militaries to leave Syria

Putin calls for foreign militaries to leave Syria
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting Hillicon Valley: NATO members agree to new cyber defense policy | YouTube banning politics, elections in masthead ads | 50 groups urge Biden to fill FCC position to reinstate net neutrality rules MORE is urging foreign militaries to leave Syria as Turkey has come under increased scrutiny for waging a military offensive in the country.

“Everyone who is illegitimately on the territory of any state, in this case Syria, must leave this territory. This applies to all states,” Putin told state news agencies RT, Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya in an interview, according to Reuters.

Putin, who is an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, added that Russian forces in Syria are ready to leave the country when a new legitimate Syrian government tells Moscow it doesn’t need its help anymore, the outlet reported.

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Putin’s comments come as Turkey has waged a military offensive in northern Syria following President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE’s decision earlier this week to remove U.S. troops from the area.

Trump announced the move after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, drawing strong criticism from lawmakers in both parties.

Trump’s move was largely viewed as giving the go-ahead for the military incursion, since the U.S. troops had been an acting buffer between Turkish and Kurdish forces.

Republican lawmakers have panned Trump's move, noting that the Syrian Kurdish allies have been a highly effective local tool for Washington in fighting ISIS.

The Trump administration has warned Turkey of "powerful sanctions" that would "shut down the Turkish economy" if the country goes too far in Syria, though the exact circumstances that would provoke such a response are unclear.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE announced on Friday that Trump will sign an executive order expanding the administration's ability to impose sanctions on Turkish officials amid growing criticism over his decision to pull U.S. forces out of the country.