Contents tagged with Tartus

  • Kremlin accuses US of involvement in drone attack on Russian military base in Syria

    The attack of drones on Russian military facilities in Syria, is believed to be the work of US special services, as stated by the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich to RIA Novosti.

    On Monday, January 8th, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the militants operating in Syria had access to advanced technologies that allow drones to drop professionally assembled explosives precisely on assigned coordinates at a distance of up …

  • Pentagon: Drones that attacked Khmeimim airbase made from materials available on open market

    The technology and devices that were used by militants to attack the Russian Khmeimim Airbase in Syria are “easily accessible on the open market,” Adrian Rankin-Galloway, a representative of the Pentagon, told RIA Novosti.

    “We’ve seen the Islamic State use this kind of technology,” he said, adding that “these devices and this technology can be easily purchased on the open market…and this is cause for concern,” Rankin-Galloway said.

    The fact that Russian soldiers, on the night of January 5th, …

  • Russia confirms drone attacks on military bases in Syria

    Russian military forces prevented drone attacks carried out by militants on two Russian bases in Syria – Khmeimim and Tartus, stated the Russian Ministry of Defense, reports Interfax.

    According to the Russian ministry, militants attempted to send ten unmanned vehicles to the airbase in Khmeimim and three more to the naval facility in Tartus. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, all of the drones were neutralized.

    “Seven unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed by the standard Pantsir- …

  • Putin ratifies agreement with Syria on the use of Tartus naval base

    On December 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an agreement to expand the Russian Naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus, as reported on Russia’s government website.

    The agreement is valid for 49 years and will be automatically extended for successive 25-year periods unless one of the parties informs the other party about its intention to terminate it no less than one year before the expiration of a period.

    The base in Tartus is being transferred to Russia at no cost. The Russians …

  • Russia to spend $55 million annually to operate its Tartus naval base in Syria

    The expansion of the Navy base in Syrian city of Tartus will require 3.2 billion rubles or $55 million annually, said the chairman of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation of the Defense Ministry Alexander Zinchenko, RIA Novosti reports. He outlined the required expenses at a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, where the question of ratifying the agreement with Damascus to expand this base was being considered.

    As a result of the …

  • Shoygu: Russia began forming permanent contingent in Syria’s Tartus and Hmeimim military bases

    Russia has begun establishing a permanent contingent in Syria’s Tartus and Hmeimim military bases, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu during a conference call on Tuesday.

    “Last week, the supreme commander-in-chief [Putin] approved the structure and staff of the main bases in Tartus and Hmeimim. We have started establishing a permanent group there,” Shoygu stated.

    According to Shoygu, 59.5% of Russian troops in Syria are equipped with modern weapons and the combat readiness of all the …

  • Russian Parliament approves agreement with Syria on expansion of Tartus military base

    On December 21, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma ratified the Russian-Syrian agreement on expanding the territory of the base of Russian forces in Tartus. The document was presented to the deputies by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia, Nikolai Pankov.

    Pankov explained that the agreement would allow for the expansion of the territory of the logistics center to 24 hectares.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced a corresponding bill to the Russian …

  • Kremlin: Russian military bases in Syria will continue to operate

    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. …

  • Media: US planes conducted reconnaissance flights near Russian base in Syria

    US military aircraft made a reconnaissance flight near the naval base of Russia in Syrian Tartus. This is reported by Interfax with reference to the information provided by the portals that track the movement of military aviation.

    The website specified that the reconnaissance was conducted by US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft with the tail numbers 168756 and 168853, which departed from the Sigonella airbase in Sicily.

    During the day, they carried out individual flights near the …

  • Iranian media: Russia deployed Vodnik armored vehicles to Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry has sent a large number of Vodnik armored vehicles to the Syrian port of Tartus. These vehicles are intended for the army of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which is assisted by Moscow, as reported by the Iranian agency Fars.

    It also states that Russia is allegedly planning to send additional equipment to the Khmeimim Air Base where the Russian Aerospace Forces’ aircraft are based.

    On 29 December the ceasefire agreement established through mediation with Iran, …