According to the State Duma electronic database, the Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted an agreement on deploying Russian Air Force unit on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic for ratification, reports TASS.
The State Secretary, the Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov was appointed the Official Representative of the Head of State when considering the agreement in Parliament.
The agreement between the Defense Ministries of Russia and Syria was signed last year on August 26, 2015.
The text stresses that "the presence of the Russian aviation troops on the territory of Syria meets the objectives of maintaining peace and stability in the region, is defensive in nature and is not directed against other states."
Moreover, the Russian Federation is allowed to import the necessary weapons, ammunition and materials into Syria without any charges and fees. All the movable assets and the temporary airport infrastructure are recognized the property of the Russian Federation. Personnel may cross the border without thorough inspection in Syria.
Russia began the "Syrian operation" on September 30, 2015, at the request of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
March 14, the Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw the bulk of Russia Air and Space Forces troops from Syria.
Two Russian military facilities at the Hmeymim airport and in Tartus are still functioning. Russian servicemen continue to participate in the hostilities in Syria.