The first group of Russian aircraft, which caused the air strikes in Syria within the framework of air operations, had returned to Russia. Arrived in Russia su-34 landed at the airbase near Voronezh. To solemnly meet the pilots who drove the bombers to Voronezh there has arrived the commander of aerospace forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev.
According to the Department of press service and information of the defense Ministry before landing, the aircraft passed over the airfield in front of an air line at low altitude. To meet the pilots came to their relatives and friends – several hundred people with flags, flowers and balloons, reports RIA “Novosti”.
On the morning of 15 March, the Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered to begin redeployment to the territory of Russia the main part of the group of the Russian Armed forces in Syria. The defense Ministry explained that the flights from an airbase Hamim in Russia will be operated by groups of aircraft. The first of them left Syria after the order Shoigu.
Putin on the eve ordered from 15 March to begin the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. The President explained that before the Armed forces of the Russian Federation the task is completed. It was noted that the Russian military base in Syria, will operate as usual.