Thanks to agreement with Damascus, the Russian aviation group gets a fixed base in Syria and will be able to import necessary weapons and ammunition without any duties and taxes.
The agreement was signed by the Russian and Syrian defense ministries in Damascus on August 26, 2015.
The document should ensure Russian continued presence in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. Russia will continue to deploy Air Forces at Hmeymim airfield. Its territory and infrastructure would be provided to Russia for free use.