Presidency: Sending of Russian air forces to Syria carried out upon request from Syrian state

Presidency

Damascus, SANA – In response to questions about the presence of Russian air forces in Syria, the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said that the sending of Russian air forces was carried out upon a request of the Syrian state conveyed via a letter sent by President Bashar al-Assad to President Vladimir Putin.

A statement issued by the Presidency said that after the Russian Federation Council ratified a bill allowing President Putin to deploy Russian air forces abroad, questions were directed to the Presidency about the formula regulating the presence of Russian air forces in Syria, and the statement asserted that relations between states are governed by international accords, laws, and agreements signed between states for realizing their peoples’ interests and guaranteeing the safety and integrity of their lands.

The statement said that based on that, the sending of Russia air forces to Syria was carried out upon the request of the Syrian state via a message sent by President al-Assad and President Putin which included an invitation to send Russian air forces within the framework of President Putin’s initiative to combat terrorism.

Hazem Sabbagh

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