Russia to have permanent forces in Syria’s Tartous and Latakia

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December 26, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

LATAKIA, Syria – Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a conference call on Tuesday that permanent military forces are being formed at Russia’s naval base in Tartous and air base in Hmeymim in Latakia province in Syria.

“Last week, the supreme commander-in-chief approved the structure and the personnel strength of the Tartus and Hmeymim bases. We have started forming a permanent grouping there,” Shoigu said.

Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house) approved on Tuesday the ratification of an agreement between Russia and Syria on expanding the naval facility near the port city of Tartus, making it a full-fledged naval base, TASS reported.

The Tartous base has been used by Russia since the time of the Soviet Union while Hmeymim only began to be used with the Russian military intervention in Syria in 2015.

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