Putin decided to expand the Russian military presence in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the defense Ministry and foreign Ministry to hold talks with Damascus on the transfer of additional real estate and waters in the area of the Syrian coast.

the Order of Putin posted on the portal of legal information. We are talking about the Protocol No. 1 to the agreement between Moscow and Syria from 26 Aug 2015 to place in Syria, the Russian aviation group. On reaching an agreement with the Syrian authorities, the defense Ministry and the foreign Ministry have the right to sign on behalf of the Russian Federation the specified Protocol.

we will Remind, Russia in Syria, there are two base — aviation Hamim in the district of Latakia and sea in Tartus. The latter formally is called the basing of the Navy, but over the past five years, its functions have greatly expanded. Last fall, at Tartus on the base launched a new ship repair workshop, which allows to significantly reduce the repair of Russian ships that are far away from their main bases.

“On the extension base Hamim speak for a long time. This is necessary to enhance the security of the base, which occasionally is exposed to attacks, and for the better cultivation of the military infrastructure of the airfield and the civil”, — said “Kommersant”, the expert of the Russian Council on foreign Affairs Ilya Kramnik. He recalled that the Russian air base adjacent to the airport Latakia and uses its infrastructure.

“the Expansion of the Tartus — a more significant project from the point of view of scale, there should ultimately be a full-fledged naval base allowing the entry and service of any ships up to aircraft carrier. Current boundaries this problem cannot be resolved, so that negotiations on the subject of the transfer of additional areas is inevitable,” the expert added.

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