Investigators release Gogol-Center artistic director after questioningSociety & Culture May 24, 2:32
London may be among contenders for 2018 FIDE chess world championship — FIDESport May 24, 2:29
Putin meets with visiting Philippine leaderRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 0:15
Mechanism of alerting on cyberattacks practically never used by US — spokespersonWorld May 23, 22:19
Putin praises work of Independent Public Anti-Doping CommissionSport May 23, 20:38
Russia needs expanding representation in global sports federations — ministerSport May 23, 20:21
Russian athletes must be trained for Olympics under certain geographic conditions — PutinSport May 23, 19:38
Final charges brought against Russian ex-economy minister UlyukayevBusiness & Economy May 23, 18:59
WADA delegation to visit Moscow this week to help with membership reinstatementSport May 23, 18:48
MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in line with instruction of the president has ordered to relocate to Russia the main part of the grouping of the Russian Aerospace Forces implementing tasks of fighting against terrorists in Syria, the ministry’s press service has said.
"Technical personnel of the air base have started preparing the aircraft for performing a distance flight to home airfields in the Russian Federation. The personnel are loading equipment, material and technical supplies and property to the aircraft of the military-transport aviation," the statement said.
Aircraft from the Hmeimim airbase in Syria will perform a flight to the permanent deployment bases in Russia and will be escorted by planes of the military-transport aviation. The jets will make stops at airfields in Russia for refueling and controlling the technical condition.
The Kremlin press service announced late on Monday that following a telephone conversation between Russian President Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad the two leaders agreed on pullout of the major part of the Russian Aerospace Forces from the war-torn country since "the Russian Armed Forces fulfilled the fundamental missions, which had been assigned to them."
Russia, however, will keep an air flights control center in Syria to monitor the observation of the ceasefire regime, the Kremlin said.