Russia to locate permanent navy base in Syria
Fully-fledged permanent naval base to appear in Tartus that has long been used to resupply Russian warships during Mediterranean Sea missions.
The Russian military intend to boost its presence in Syria after an announcement by Ministry of Defense.
General Nikolay Pankov, deputy defense minister responsible for communication with other parts of the Russian government, told the Federation Council: "We are going to have a permanent Navy base in Tartus. We have prepared the paperwork, which is now being reviewed by other government agencies. The documents are pretty much ready, so we hope to submit them to you for ratification soon".
The Tartus facility has been in place since 1977 but will serve as a permanent base for the first time.