MOSCOW, November 30. The state Duma Committee on labor, social policy and veterans ‘ Affairs is ready in a short time to consider the initiative on granting the status of war veterans of Russian military personnel in Syria.
“In the case of payment of the relevant bill to the state Duma, the Committee will consider it in the short term,” said the head of the Committee Olga batalina (“United Russia”).
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Putin offered to recognize members of the operation in Syria with combat veterans
In turn, the first Deputy Chairman of the Committee Mikhail Tarasenko, explained that “while any specific proposals (on this account) was not”. “But I guess it is a matter of technique”, he added.
“The Committee stands ready to support such initiative, but I believe that development should be conducted in the Executive bodies – the Ministry of defence,” – said the Deputy.
Tarasenko also indicated that the proposal to extend the status of war veterans to military personnel performing missions in Syria, which was voiced earlier, including the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova, “positively perceived by representatives of all factions in the Committee.” “Because people are really there (in Syria) are doing their job very professionally and, of course, risking themselves,” he said.
The Russian Union of veterans of Afghanistan supports the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation, said the leader of the Union, first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich.
“Russian Union of veterans of Afghanistan supports the granting of the status of combat veterans citizens of the Russian Federation, aimed at the Syrian territory in connection with the conduct of hostilities”, – said the Senator. According to him, “you need to make changes to the Federal law “On veterans”, which can be done quite quickly.”
Klintsevich believes is critically important that “the final decision was taken in the very near future, and not what is called retroactive, as the operation will end”. “People are risking life on the orders of homeland, must see that their dangerous service is appreciated”, – he stressed.
Operation in Syria
Air and space forces of Russia on 30 September commenced action in Syria against militants of the banned in Russia organization “Islamic state”.
Previously on the website of the Kremlin appeared the order of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the government to consider the introduction of legislative changes providing for the granting of the status of combat veterans citizens of the Russian Federation aimed at the territory of ATS in connection with the conduct of hostilities.