Putin’s TAKEOVER: Russia expands naval base in Syria as Moscow eyes Middle East and Africa
The plans for the base at Tartus on the coast of Syria would allow the facility to accommodate bigger warships.
Currently the base is classed as a ‘repair and replenishment’ facility and can only deal with four vessels at any one time.
But dredging work and new piers would make space for up to 11 warships, as well as Russia’s largest battlecruiser, the nuclear-powered Pyotr Velikiy.
Tartus is Moscow’s only naval base outside of the former Soviet Union, and the warm waters of the Mediterranean would give Russian ships access to the Middle East and north Africa all year round.
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