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Syrian Hmeymim Air Base Celebrates Russia Day

© Photo : Russian Defence MinistryEveryday life of the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airfield in Syria
Everyday life of the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airfield in Syria - Sputnik International
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Russia Day celebrations took place on Sunday at the Syrian Hmeymim airbase, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

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HMEYMIM (Syria) (Sputnik) — Celebrations of Russia Day took place on Sunday at the Hmeimim air base located in Syria's western province of Latakia, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

Col. Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, who commands the Russian military contingent in the Middle Eastern country, congratulated the personnel of the facility with the holiday and handed out awards to the most distinguished servicemen.

Dvornikov's speech preceded a ceremonial parade with participation of Hmeimim's personnel, as well as of aircraft located at the airbase.

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Following the parade, Russia's artists held a holiday concert for the servicemen.

On June 12, the Russian Federation celebrates Russia Day. On that day in 1990, the first Congress of People’s Deputies of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) adopted a declaration on the republic’s sovereignty within the Soviet Union.

In 1992, the Supreme Soviet of Russia passed a resolution designating June 12 a public holiday and a non-working day in honor of the adoption of the declaration on the state sovereignty of Russia. On June 2, 1994 then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued an executive order declaring it a national holiday.

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