The head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Vladimir Shamanov said that Russian military bases in Syria will continue to function after the end of the military operation and that they will prepare to stay for the long term, Interfax reports.
"Both bases in Syria, Khmeimim, and Tartus will not only continue to function but will constantly improve their quality and capabilities, having ahead of us the long-term perspective of our presence in this far-from-tranquil region," Shamanov said.
According to him, a period of post-conflict settlement has started on the territory of Syria, and Russia has accumulated a lot of experience in this issue after the "campaigns in the Caucasus."
"We have something to share with our Syrian colleagues and other guarantors of the peace process in Syria," Shamanov said.
Earlier, the Chief of the Russian General Staff stated that Syria was completely liberated from the terrorists of the Islamic State.