The agreement stipulates that the Russian aviation group is deployed in Syria at the request of the Syrian side at Hmeymim aerodrome in the province of Latakia free of charge, according to TASS news agency report.
The document was signed on August 26, 2015 in Damascus and was submitted by the Russian president almost a year after – on August 9, 2016 – to the State Duma for consideration.
The Russian air group will be employed based on its commander’s decision in accordance with the plans agreed on with the Syrian authorities. The structure of the group is determined by Moscow.
“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. Russian air group personnel freely cross the border, and are not subject to any checks by Syrian border control or customs authorities,” as follows from the explanatory note.
The agreement is signed for an indefinite period and comes into force from the date of signing.
It should be recalled that the U.S. government announced on October 4 that it is suspending all Syrian peace talks with Russia over frustrations with Moscow and its inability to live up to commitments to a cease-fire agreement.