Russia to establish permanent naval base in Tartus, Syria

Russia’s Defense Ministry is preparing the documents needed to establish a permanent military base in Syria’s Port of Tartus, Interfax reported, referencing Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov.

“On Syrian territory, we will have a permanent naval base in Tartus. The relevant documents have been prepared,” Pankov said.

Tartus is the only logistics point of the Russian Navy located outside the former Soviet Union.

The announcement comes less than a week after Russia deployed S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria.

  Russia, Syria

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