GENEVA Syria's opposition on Monday welcomed a Russian announcement that it would start pulling forces back from Syria, saying a serious withdrawal would put pressure on Syrian authorities and give peace talks a positive impetus.
"If there is seriousness in implementing the withdrawal, it will give the talks a positive push," said Salim al-Muslat, spokesman for the rebel High Negotiations Committee.
"If this is a serious step it will form a major element of pressure on the regime, because the Russian support prolonged the regime. Matters will change significantly as a result of that."
(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Andrew Roche)
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