FSI Russian planes on the air base in Syria Hamim, March 2016
The state Duma Friday to consider a question on ratification of the agreement on the deployment in Syria of Russian aircraft group. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to Leonid Slutsky, whose candidacy is supported by the Duma on a post of the head of the international Committee. The document was signed in Damascus in summer 2015, but still has not been ratified.
“Most likely, the state Duma will consider the ratification of the agreement on Friday. The final decision on the inclusion of this document in the agenda on this day will be made in the coming days”, – quotes Agency of his word.
The statements come amid reports that the United States has suspended cooperation with Russia on Syria.
Slutsky said that Russia will not cease to provide assistance to Syria, adding that Moscow still needs “to develop countermeasures”.
In turn, a source “RIA Novosti” the international Committee of the lower house of Parliament explained that the state Duma may react on US refusal to cooperate with Russia’s decision to ratify the aviation group in Syria. “And this is the best statement”, — quotes Agency the words of his companion.
The head of the international Federation Council Committee Konstantin Kosachev has declared “RIA Novosti” that the upper house of Parliament is ready to consider the agreement on the deployment in Syria of the Russian air group at the meeting on 12 October that the state Duma will ratify it this coming Friday.
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The agreement on the deployment in Syria of the Russian aviation group was signed on 26 August 2015 in Damascus. It was published in January 2016, three months later after Russia has started in Syria a military operation with the Russian VKS.
At the end of July, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered to submit the agreement to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for ratification to the state Duma. In early August the head of state introduced the document to the lower house of Parliament for ratification.
The newspaper “Vedomosti” in January of this year, citing unnamed former official of the defense Ministry explained that according to the law on international treaties to ratify the Russian-Syrian agreement on the deployment of the air group in Syria is not compulsory if it does not affect issues of peace and security and is not a Treaty of military Alliance. In the preamble to the Russian-Syrian agreement, it is not directed against third countries and aims at fighting the terrorist threat, said the publication.