Russia has begun to equip the port in the Syrian city of Tartus ships, boats and technical equipment necessary for the creation of a full-fledged naval base, reports “Interfax” citing a source familiar with the situation.
Now Russia in the city object that has the status of a point of logistics of the Navy. Vehicle started even without documenting the upgrading of the facility to the naval base.
On the eve through the Straits in a South-westerly direction proceeded, the sea tug MB-31 black sea fleet floating crane SPK-46150. The floating crane SPK-46150 was laid on 28 November 2014 in Saint-Petersburg. From Sevastopol to Syria he resigned on 15 November.
The Director of national intelligence James clapper at a hearing of the special Committee on intelligence of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress, where he announced about his impending resignation, warned that Russia is expanding its presence in Tartus to provide Maritime military operations in the Eastern Mediterranean sea.
The defense Ministry in October announced the intention to establish a permanent naval base in the Syrian Tartus. Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said that the documents are ready and tested interagency coordination.