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Russian Duma ratifies agreement to keep 49-year presence at Syrian naval and air base

Russian State Duma has today ratified the agreement on expanding the territory of the Russian Navy’s logistics facility in Syria.

The agreement was signed between Moscow and Damascus in January, APA’s correspondent in Moscow reports.

 

According to the agreement, Syria allows Russia to keep its naval facility in Tartus port in the Mediterranean for at least 49 years.

 

The deal allows Russia to deploy up to 11 warships, including nuclear-powered combat vessels, to the Syrian port.

 

According to the agreement, Russia can ship in or withdraw from Tartus any weaponry, ammunition, equipment and materials necessary for maintaining its function and security of its staff and family members as well as crews and contractors without any customs fees.

 

The Tartus facility, designed to maintain peace and stability in the region, is of defensive nature and is not aimed against other countries. 

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