Russia in Syria: Putin ratifies deal for Russia to use Syria base indefinitely - Reuters

13:02 Oct. 14, 2016

Putin ratifies deal for Russia to use Syria base indefinitely - Reuters

Memorabilia featuring the images of president Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Putin are seen for sale a shop in the old city of Damascus on March 8, 2016. (GettyImages Photo)

Moscow also plans to build a permanent naval base in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified an agreement with the Syrian government that allows Russia to use the Hmeimim air base in Syria indefinitely, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Russia's air force has launched air strikes in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the Hmeimim base.

Read also: Russian lawmakers allow Putin to fight in Syria 'indefinitely'

Russia also this week announced plans to build a permanent naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus.

The Kremlin said costs associated with the agreement ratified by Putin will fall within normal defense spending in each year's federal budget.

Reporting by Reuters 

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