On Friday, Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov announced that Russia has begun to draw down its forces in Syria, starting with the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and accompanying ships. Moscow has been lending military support, mostly air power, to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2015, with the majority of sorties leaving from the Hemeimeem airbase and one in Iran, but Russia has launched airstrikes from the Admiral Kuznetsov since mid-November. Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the drawdown on Dec. 29, a day before a cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey took effect. Russia’s air power is credited with turning Syria’s bloody civil war in Assad’s favor. It is unclear how much of a military presence Moscow plans to maintain in Syria.