Russia plans to place in the Syrian port city of Tartus naval base on a permanent basis, said Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov at the meeting of the international Affairs Committee of the Federation Council on Monday, October 10.
“In Syria we will be on an ongoing basis, the naval base in Tartus. Relevant documents have been prepared, they undergo the procedure of interdepartmental coordination. The degree of readiness is quite high, and we hope that soon we will ask you to ratify these documents,” Pankov was quoted by TASS.
As stated by RIA “Novosti” the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich, the upper house of Parliament is ready to ratify the agreement.
Member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Igor Morozov said that the establishment of a permanent naval base will strengthen the military potential of Russia not only in Syria but throughout the middle East and the Mediterranean region.
Now in Tartus operates item logistics of the Russian Navy. Syria gave it to Russia in 1977 in accordance with the agreement of 1971.
In Tartus is the point of logistics of the Russian ships (e & p). Syria gave it to Russia in 1977 in accordance with the agreement, 1971, 1984, he became known as the 720-th of the e & p 1990-ies it appeared in abbreviated form, the services it deals exclusively with civilian personnel. This is the only foreign item logistics of the Russian Navy.
The defense Ministry is considering the possibility of returning the military bases to the countries where they were situated during the Soviet Union, such as Vietnam and Cuba.
Russia is negotiating with Egypt on the re-establishment of the base in Sidi Barrani
In addition, sources of”Izvestiya”, close to the foreign Ministry and to the war Department, reported the talks with Egypt on rent Egyptian military targets, including Soviet military air base in the Egyptian city of Sidi Barrani, which prior to 1972, the Navy used to monitor American naval forces.
The database re-creation will be an indicator of a new stage of cooperation between the two countries and will help solve certain geopolitical problems in the middle East and North Africa, said a military source of the newspaper.
“In the case of agreement of both parties in 2019 base to start the work. Cairo is ready to accept her rent Moscow to solve the primary geopolitical objectives in the interests of the Egyptian side. According to the reached at this stage, the agreement, Russia will deliver equipment by sea”, – told the newspaper the Minister.
A former member of the Egyptian General staff Talaat Musallam noted the desirability of a military air base near Sidi Barrani for Moscow: “Despite the fact that Russia already has such a base in the Syrian Mamimi, the presence of Russian force in Egypt will give Moscow the opportunity to solve military tasks in the Western Mediterranean, and as a possible site of action can be considered, for example, Libya, where the situation remains unstable”.
Only Russian military base outside the former Soviet Union is Mamimi. 26 Aug 2015 airfield Hamim was donated to the Russian side, and from September 30 of that year at the airport located aviation group of the Russian air force participating in a military operation in Syria.
On 7 October the state Duma ratified the agreement on the indefinite location of the
the Russian aviation on the territory of Syria, which was approved unanimously by all the 446 deputies present in the courtroom.
This document was signed on 26 August 2015 in Damascus, and almost a year later – August 9, 2016 – introduced by the President of the Russian Federation to the state Duma. As reports “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, the Federation Council Committee unanimously endorsed a law on ratification of the agreement. “Today, I have not the slightest doubt that we have the opportunity to support this decision,” said its head, Konstantin Kosachev ahead of the vote.
This step, as noted in the Russian Parliament, is seen as a response to the refusal of the United States from further negotiations with Russia on resolving the situation after the bombing of hospitals and civilian infrastructure, which the U.S. state Department called the war crimes in which the guilty Moscow and Aleppo.