A handout picture released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on December 11, 2017 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd-R), his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (2nd-L), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), and Syrian Armed Forces' chief of staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (L) inspecting a military parade in the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia.
Russian news agencies reported that Putin gave an order for partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a press conference at Hmeimim on December 11. / AFP PHOTO / Syrian Presidency Facebook page / -        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)