Putin seeks approval for air force’s indefinite Syria stay
Date: 2016-08-10 07:11
Russian president Vladimir Putin has asked parliament to ratify the Russian air force’s indefinite stay in Syria almost a year after the official beginning of Russia’s military operations there.
The Russian ministry of defense struck a deal last august with the Assad regime to provide assistance in battling opposition in the country, using Syrian facilities rent-free and without worry of compensation for damages. Putin’s push for airstrikes was approved by parliament on the last day of September and the first official Russian airstrikes fell before dusk.
Now Putin has submitted the agreement for parliamentary ratification, state news agency Itar-TASS reported. Putin’s decision to seek parliamentary approval for the exact terms of Russia’s intervention are unclear, but the lower house of parliament’s deputy speaker said it was bound to be approved.
While there has been no major opposition in parliament to Putin’s actions in Syria, a parliamentary mandate for his operation in Syria would strengthen the mandate of Russian forces deployed there, Newsweek reported.