The first Russian military aircraft returning from Syria landed near Voronezh

The first Russian military aircraft returning from Syria landed near Voronezh

VORONEZH, March 15. The first group of fighter-bombers su-34, who returned from Syria, landed at the airbase near Voronezh, the correspondent of TASS from the event.

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Before boarding the aircraft flew over the airfield on parade at low altitude, and then made the dissolution.

As reported by the press service of the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, at the meeting of the pilots in Voronezh arrived commander of the aerospace defence forces of Russia Colonel-General Victor Bondaryev.

To meet the pilots at the airfield came their wives, children, relatives and friends. Several hundred people, including small children and adolescents, with flags, flowers and balloons met the pilots at the airport.

Conclusion the main part of the group HQs

On Monday, President Vladimir Putin ordered March 15 to start withdrawing the main part of the group of Air and space forces from Syria.

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According to him, the tasks that were set before the military, “generally made”. The Deputy Minister of defence of the Russian Federation – state Secretary Nikolai Pankov said that the strikes against the terrorists would continue.

Russia conducted an operation against the militants in Syria from 30 September 2015, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 27 February 2016 in Syria a ceasefire, agreed by Russia and the United States. The truce does not apply to the group “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-nusra” (both banned in Russia), as well as other formation deemed terrorist by the UN Security Council.