Russia’s Indefinite Aerial Deployment in Syria While US Aggression Rages
by Stephen Lendman
Russia’s geopolitical agenda is polar opposite America’s – supporting world peace, stability and security, in contrast to US war on humanity.
On Friday, Moscow’s lower house State Duma ratified a Russian/Syrian agreement for indefinite deployment of aerial task force warplanes and supportive ground personnel – signed in Damascus on August 26, 2015.
It affirms Russia’s military presence in Syria at the behest of its government, operating at the Kmeimin airbase in Latakai province – its forces to be deployed at its commander’s discretion, according to agreement with Damascus.
“Armaments, ammunition, equipment and materials necessary for the fulfillment of appropriate tasks by the Russian air group, for ensuring security and vital functions of its personnel, are delivered to Syria without any charges or tariffs,” Moscow explained.
“Russian air group personnel freely cross the border, and are not subject to any checks by Syrian border control or customs authorities.”
Russian personnel and family members are granted immunity similar to what’s afforded diplomats, including protection of property, archives and transport vehicles.
The agreement became effective on date of signing, Russian forces deployed to combat the scourge of terrorism, working to restoring peace and stability to a war-torn country.
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