Putin agrees Syria base

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MOSCOW: Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has rat­i­fied an agree­ment on the de­ploy­ment of a Rus­sian com­bat air group in Syria.

The pro­to­col reg­u­lates the group’s de­ploy­ment, its por­ta­ble and sta­tion­ary prop­erty and its work on Syria’s ter­ri­tory.

The pro­to­col im­plies changes to the terms of the air group’s pres­ence at the base, curb­ing it to 49 years. The doc­u­ment stip­u­lates an au­to­matic ex­ten­sion of the term for 25 years.

The pre­vi­ous pro­to­col was for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod of time, al­low­ing use of the base “free-of-charge” and let­ting in equip­ment and am­mu­ni­tion with­out cus­toms or other du­ties. Sput­nik

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