TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s military guard installations in Chechnya will take two battalions of special forces to Syria, a Russian daily reported.
Izvestia newspaper quoted informed sources in the Russian defense ministry as saying on Thursday that in late November, the battalions have been reformed to the military police (CAP) and prepared to be sent to Syria before the end of December.
Izvestia wrote that they will complete the deployment and proceed to the protection of the Russian military facilities, including Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia province.
Meanwhile, according to the report, both battalions have extensive combat experience and have taken part in the elimination of terrorists in the mountainous regions of Chechnya, participated in the operation to force Georgia to peace in 2008 and guarded Russian deminers in Lebanon in 2006.
Russia’s lower house of parliament ratified in October an agreement with Syria that authorizes the deployment of a Russian air group at the Hmeimim airbase for an indefinite period of time.
The Hmeimim airbase agreement was signed in Damascus on August 26, 2015, and was submitted to the State Duma for ratification in the beginning of August, 2016. The document was approved by 446 State Duma lawmakers, Sputnik reported.
A Russian airforce group has been deployed to the Syrian Arab Republic following a request from Damascus. The airforce group is located on the Hmeimim airfield. Moscow will use the base ‘free-of-charge’ and will carry out supplies of necessary equipment and ammunition to the base without customs or any other duties, the memorandum says.
“The operation of the air group is conducted in line with its commander’s decisions based on the plan approved by both sides,” the document says.
Russia began its air campaign against the ISIL group in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.