- President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the
Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for
almost half a century, official documents show.
original deal, signed in Damascus in January, sets out the terms
under which Russia can use its Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province
which it has used to carry out air strikes against forces opposing
President Bashar al-Assad.
approved the agreement on Wednesday, after the two chambers of the
Russian parliament backed it earlier this month, according to the
government's official information portal.
document says Russian forces will be deployed at the Hmeymim base for
49 years with the option of extending that arrangement for 25-year
base has been at the heart of Moscow's military foray since it
intervened in the conflict in September 2015, helping turn the tide
in favor of Assad, one of Russia's closest Middle East allies.