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Russia: State Duma approves indefinite deployment of Russian air force in Syria02:01

Russia: State Duma approves indefinite deployment of Russian air force in Syria

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 7, 2016 at 15:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Russian State Duma voted in favour of deploying the country’s air force indefinitely in Syria, during a session in Moscow on Friday. The agenda of the session was to review the ratification of the Russian-Syrian agreement on an open-ended deployment.

Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov addressed the Duma to explain that the “draft federal law” effectively “regulates force composition and structure, conditions of its deployment and functions." He added that it also addresses the "issues of the operation of the Russian Armed Forces air group on the territory of Syria." At the end of the session, all 446 deputies present voted in favour of ratifying the agreement, with Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin stating “the law is adopted."

The original agreement, penned on August 26, 2015 in Damascus, stipulates that the Russian aviation group would be sent to Syria at the request of the Syrian government. There it would be stationed at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia free of charge and under the orders of the air group commander in coordination with Syrian authorities. The agreement was later submitted to the State Duma on August 9, 2016 by President Vladimir Putin.

According to the document, aviation is used upon the decision of the air group commander in coordination with the Syrian authorities. Russia also has the right to bring into or remove from Syria any weapons or equipment necessary to perform its tasks and provide the safety of its personnel. Termination of the agreement would come into force one year after the receipt of notification made by one of the sides who wishes to terminate it.

Russia: State Duma approves indefinite deployment of Russian air force in Syria02:01
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The Russian State Duma voted in favour of deploying the country’s air force indefinitely in Syria, during a session in Moscow on Friday. The agenda of the session was to review the ratification of the Russian-Syrian agreement on an open-ended deployment.

Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov addressed the Duma to explain that the “draft federal law” effectively “regulates force composition and structure, conditions of its deployment and functions." He added that it also addresses the "issues of the operation of the Russian Armed Forces air group on the territory of Syria." At the end of the session, all 446 deputies present voted in favour of ratifying the agreement, with Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin stating “the law is adopted."

The original agreement, penned on August 26, 2015 in Damascus, stipulates that the Russian aviation group would be sent to Syria at the request of the Syrian government. There it would be stationed at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia free of charge and under the orders of the air group commander in coordination with Syrian authorities. The agreement was later submitted to the State Duma on August 9, 2016 by President Vladimir Putin.

According to the document, aviation is used upon the decision of the air group commander in coordination with the Syrian authorities. Russia also has the right to bring into or remove from Syria any weapons or equipment necessary to perform its tasks and provide the safety of its personnel. Termination of the agreement would come into force one year after the receipt of notification made by one of the sides who wishes to terminate it.

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