Belarus and Russia plan the humanitarian activity in Syria. Minsk is ready to send to the war-torn country 200 servicemen to help with the consequences of the devastating armed conflict.
The two nations have prepared the document, which will be signed by their foreign and defence ministries. According to it, Belarusian troops will act under the operational control of the Russian military in Syria when deployed to the country.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin gave needed instructions to the Russian Defense and Foreign ministries to negotiate and sign an agreement with Belarus on providing humanitarian aid to Syria.
Since 2015, Moscow has waged a military campaign in Syria, joining efforts with Iran to help Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government reclaim control over most of the country after a civil war.
On Monday, the draft agreement was published on the Russian government’s website The document suggests sending up to Belarusian 200 servicemen to Syria “exclusively for humanitarian purposes outside the combat zone.”
The Belarusian military will carry out the tasks of providing humanitarian assistance together with the Russian armed forces, according to the draft. The Belarusian contingents are supposed to be deployed at the Syrian Khmeimim airbase, currently operated by the Russian military.