Russian Federation signs deal to use Syria air base for 49 years

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

According to a statement by the Kremlin, President Putin ratified "the protocol on the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on the deployment of the air group of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic which was signed in Damascus on January 18, 2017". It also covers the measures needed to maintain the operation efficiency of the Russia Air Force, RT reported. The agency notes that the document aims to place a legal basis on Russia's military presence in the country.

The protocols ratified by Putin spells out further details about Russia's jurisdiction over the space and issued related to the status of Russian servicemen, members of their families and civilian personnel.

It now allows the Russian air group to use the air base in Latakia for 49 years free of charge.

It was adopted by the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament, on July 14 and approved by the Senate five days later.

Russian Federation and Iran, backing Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as Turkey, which backs Syrian militant militants, agreed in May a plan to create four security zones forbidding Syrian air force flights, BTA recalls.

The Russian air group was deployed at Hmeymim from the end of September 2015 to help Syria fight the Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. At that time, Russian Federation said it would keep a military presence at the port of Tartus and at the Khmeimim airbase to monitor the situation in the region and observe the implementation of ceasefire agreements.

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