Russia To Stay In Syria For The Next 50 Years

While the Trump administration appears set to withdraw US troops from Syria in the not too distant future, as hinted by the recent decision to reverse the Obama-era decision to stop arming "moderate rebels" fighting the Assad regime, Vladimir Putin has a slightly different strategic vision for the proxy war-torn nation.

On Wednesday, the Russian president signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, Reuters reported.

Under the original deal signed in this January in Damascus, Russia can use its Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province which it has used to carry out air strikes against forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad, Russia could modify the terms of its presence in the country. So with the US on its way out, Putin made it clear that clear that Russia isn't going anywhere from the one nation that has emerged as a key regional presence for Russia in the middle-east.

The Russian president approved the agreement on Wednesday, after the two chambers of the Russian parliament backed it earlier this month, according to the government's official information portal. The document says Russian forces will be deployed at the Hmeymim base for 49 years with the option of extending that arrangement for 25-year periods.

The Hmeymim airbase has been at the heart of Moscow's military foray since it intervened in the conflict in September 2015, helping turn the tide in favor of Assad, as well as disrupt key ISIS oil supply lines which have resulted in the imminent collapse of the Islamic State.

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Blankone Fish Gone Bad Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:52 Permalink

No, the US is not leaving. This is just more diversion of the narrative and it is not intended for Russia as I doubt they are the stupid. Recently it was leaked, but not reported much in the US MSM, showing all the US bases being built in northern Syria. Then there is how Putin was forced to officially allow US and Jordanian troops to move in and take over southern Syria.

As far as not sending arms to the insurgents. That is accomplished with the new name change. Once again the US is rebadging the insurgents, this time as "coalition forces", giving them uniforms and as they march into southern Syria the US is bombing any Syrian forces that even drive towards them.

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Omen IV Fish Gone Bad Thu, 07/27/2017 - 15:52 Permalink

Turkey / Iran / Iraq are going to suport Syria in the UN and the International Court at the Hague to remove the US - None of them want the Kurds to get anything and that is the only toehold for the US in the east - in the west The Golan Heights belongs to Syria not Israel - the gas and oil find is going to be a major problem for Israel given the sentiment about Palistinians in Europe.There is no role for the US anywhere -  SA is a wild card sooner or later 

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Omen IV Fish Gone Bad Thu, 07/27/2017 - 15:52 Permalink

Turkey / Iran / Iraq are going to suport Syria in the UN and the International Court at the Hague to remove the US - None of them want the Kurds to get anything and that is the only toehold for the US in the east - in the west The Golan Heights belongs to Syria not Israel - the gas and oil find is going to be a major problem for Israel given the sentiment about Palistinians in Europe.There is no role for the US anywhere -  SA is a wild card sooner or later 

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garcam123 Shemp 4 Victory Thu, 07/27/2017 - 16:29 Permalink

Motherfucker is a walking, breathing, zombie piece of fucking protoplasm like a disease! Eridacate this piece of braindead for 50 years piece of shit....and it's donors!Where the fuck are you Mr..................duh, we;re gonna get the pot-heads......Simpleton Sessions?A clusterfuck of incompetent corporate whores, ONE AND ALL!Any new  inbound astroids on the schedule?, maybe earth will get a mulligan on this lousy fuckin shot!

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EuroPox Diatom Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:46 Permalink

Yeah, I thought about that too, my last trip to Detroit was pretty bad - tough choice, but I went with Baltimore.  Trouble is: "Outside of a few nice districts ... it's a giant third-world wasteland", applies to so many places these days.

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peopledontwanttruth Justin Case Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:04 Permalink

Just got back today from a week in DR with 70% of guests Russian. I got a chance to speak with very educated Russian teacher who spoke perfect English. He said the Russian people love Putin and knows the war drums beating isn't from the American people. I learned a lot on Russia and what is really going on in their country and it isn't what the fake news people are saying.

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dogismycopilot yomutti2 Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:42 Permalink

Outside of Moscow you have hundreds of thousands of 'dachas' which are the summer homes for many. In each Dacha one normally finds a water well, a small garden, a small cabin and some fruit bushes. These are usually clustered in small village setting. On the weekends you visit the dacha for a break from the city by gardening, working on the cabin and having a bbq (shashlick) with neighbors.

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