The military called the date of the appointment of the new commander of Russian troops in Syria

The group of Russian troops in Syria headed by commander of the Western military district (ZVO), Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov. About it reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the head of press service ZVO Colonel Igor Muginova.

“The commander of ZVO Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov sent in the SAR, where departed 19 Dec 2016. Acting district commander, first Deputy commander — chief of staff call, Lieutenant-General Viktor Astapov,” — said the representative of the WMD.

Earlier Friday Kartapolov held in the Ministry of defence briefing to new posts on the topic of the transition from the Mediterranean sea to Severomorsk naval carrier strike group of the Northern fleet of the Russian Navy. According to him, during operations in Syria, the pilots of the Russian naval aviation performed 420 sorties.

Earlier, on 6 January about the beginning of reduction in Syria military group of the Russian armed forces in accordance with the decision of the President was announced by the head of the General staff Valery Gerasimov. According to him, the first in new York city will depart carrier group led by the cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”. The group was sent into the Mediterranean in mid-October. A month later, the defense Ministry reported that carrier-based aircraft from the cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” took place in Syria’s first air strikes.

Kartapolov commanded the troops of the Western military district from November 2015. Awarded the order “For military merit”.