Moscow welcomes reform of UN’s anti-terrorism activities — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 3:53
NATO seeking to revive cold war-era climate — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 3:51
Situation in Syria gives grounds for cautious optimism — LavrovWorld September 22, 1:24
NATO secretary general comments on Russian military drillsWorld September 21, 21:34
NATO secretary general hails idea of deploying UN force in UkraineWorld September 21, 21:29
Russia ready to discuss alternative resolutions on UN mission to DonbassRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 21, 20:18
UN approves probe into Islamic State crimes in IraqWorld September 21, 20:10
Russia’s Alrosa mined all-time largest pink diamond in its historyBusiness & Economy September 21, 20:07
Russia submits Zvyagintsev’s film Loveless for OscarsSociety & Culture September 21, 19:16
MOSCOW, August 9. /TASS/. President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, for ratification a draft agreement with Syria on deployment of an aviation group of Russia’s Armed Forces on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.
The document was posted on Tuesday in the Duma's electronic database.
Deputy Defense Minister and State Secretary Nikolai Pankov has been appointed official representative of the president in charge of considering the agreement in the parliament.
The agreement was signed by the Russian and Syrian defense ministries in Damascus on August 26, 2015.
The document says that "deployment of a Russian aviation group on the Syrian territory is in line with the aims of maintaining peace and stability in the region, is of defensive nature and is not directed against any other countries."
The agreement envisages deployment of the Russian aviation group on the Hmeymim air base with all infrastructure free of charge. The duration of the agreement is not limited, and one of the two sides can cancel the agreement by notifying another side in the written format.