War Report, Russia signs half-century Syria air base deal

A cura di Vincenzo Santo*

Da Reuters, 28 luglio 2017

“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.

“The 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. Putin 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.

“The document says Russian forces will be deployed at the Hmeymim base for 49 years with the option of extending that arrangement for 25-year periods.”

Meanwhile, U.S. deconfliction with Russia is “working quite well,” Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, said Thursday.

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