Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Federal law “On ratification of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on the placement of the aviation group of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.” About it reports a press-service of the Kremlin.
The Federal law ratifies the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on the placement of the aviation group of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter Agreement), signed at Damascus on 26 August 2015. The agreement regulates the conditions of stay of the Russian aviation group in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.
“The Russian aviation group stationed on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic at the request of the Syrian Side and stationed at the airfield Hamim (Latakia province), which together with its infrastructure and the necessary territory by agreement of the Parties is provided to the Russian Side at no cost. The use of the Russian aviation group is carried out in accordance with the decision of the commander on the plans agreed upon by the Parties. The Russian aviation group is determined by the Russian Side in coordination with the Syrian Side,” – said in the explanation.
Weapons, ammunition, equipment and materials necessary for the execution of the Russian aviation group of tasks, to ensure the safety and life of its personnel, are imported into the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic without charging any fees. The personnel of the Russian aviation group freely cross the border of the Syrian Arab Republic and is not subject to border inspection and customs authorities of the Syrian Side.
“Personnel of the Russian aviation group and their family members are granted privileges and immunities similar to those provided for in respect of the diplomatic staff of diplomatic missions and members of their families in accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of 18 April 1961. The Russian aviation group are exempt from all direct and indirect taxes, and enjoys complete immunity from civil and administrative jurisdiction of the Syrian Arab Republic. Movable and immovable property, archives and documents of the Russian aviation group is untouchable. Vehicles and aircraft of the Russian Federation, used in the interests of the Russian aviation group, shall be immune from inspection, search, requisition, arrest and other coercive measures,” the document says.
The Syrian Side has no claims to the Russian Federation, its aviation group and its personal composition and does not excite them against any claims in connection with the activities of the Russian aviation group and its personnel. The agreement is for an indefinite period and shall be applied provisionally from the date of its signing. The agreement contains rules other than those stipulated by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Ratification of the Agreement meets the interests of the Russian Federation. The financing costs for its implementation will be carried out within the budgetary appropriations of the Federal budget allocated to the Ministry of defence for the year, noted in the Kremlin.