Putin pushing to extend the Syrian naval base lease to keep its sole Mediterranean port

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December 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma (lower house of parliament) an agreement with Syria on expanding the Russian Navy’s base in Syria’s Tartus, according to TASS.

“The duration of the agreement is 49 years, it can be automatically prolonged for a period of 25 years in case none of the parties send a written notification to the other at least one year before a period expires concerning its intention to terminate the agreement,” the document reads.

“The naval base has full immunity from Syria’s civil and administrative jurisdiction. Its movable and immovable property is immune from search, seizure and other proceedings,” the document adds.

“Russia has the right to send the necessary number of troops to maintain the naval facility,” the document says.

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