China says Russia's Syria withdrawal positive signal

TOKYO, March 15 (KUNA) — China said Tuesday that Russia’s withdrawal of military forces from Syria will help keep parties on the table to find a solution to the Syria issue through negotiations, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
“China believe the decision will send a positive signal to the international community, especially the disputing parties in Syria, and will push them towards solving the Syrian issue through dialogue and negotiation,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as telling a press conference in Beijing.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Russia had started the withdrawal, after President Vladimir Putin announced it on Monday. (end) mk.nfm