The Su-24 tactical bombers are being prepared to leave Syria and return to places of their permanent deployment.
The Su-24 tactical bombers are being prepared to depart from Syria to Russia in the framework of reducing of the presence of the Russian Armed Forces’ group in the Syrian Arab Republic, Commander of the Russian group in Syria, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, said.
“In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, reduction of our Armed Forces’ group in the Syrian Arab Republic is ongoing. The Su-24 element is already being prepared to depart to Russia. Today and in the coming days, flight crews and medical personnel of the special detachment will return to the point of their permanent dislocation,” Kartapolov said.
Agreements with the Syrian armed opposition, achieved through the mediation of Russia, led to a truce in the Syrian Arab Republic, which came into force on December 30, 2016. In this regard, a gradual reduction of the military presence of Russia in Syria has started. Last week, the first six Su-24 bombers left the Hmeymim airbase. Ships of the carrier strike group of the Russian Northern Fleet with 40 aircraft of the ship-based aviation also are returning to places of their permanent deployment.
At the same time, the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems and the Bastion coastal defense missile systems remain on alert. They will cover the naval base of the Russian Navy in Tartus.