Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a law that will allow Russia to make a deal with Syria to keep its air base there for the next 49 years, with 25-year extensions possible.
This means Russia will continue to freely use the Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia Province, Syria, to carry out air strikes against forces that oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The law was first signed in Damascus in January. Russian Parliament’s two chambers supported the bill earlier this month, according to Reuters.
Russia intervened in Syria in 2015, and the base has been essential to its operations there.
Russia and Syria are close allies in the Middle East political and military landscape.