Russian Navy Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier and Kirov-class battle-cruiser transiting to Syria (Photo source: Norwegian Navy)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – A proposal submitted by Putin’s administration to the State Duma for the expansion of Russia’s naval refueling facility in Syria to a fully-fledged base as been ratified.

According to official Russian sources, the State Duma (lower house) has given the green-light to a proposal submitted by Putin’s government for the expansion of the rather small Russian naval refueling port in Syria’s Tartus province into a proper naval base capable of maintaining an entire strike fleet.

When overhauled according to the new specifications, the Russian naval base in Tartus will be able to house eleven warships including large nuclear-powered vessels such as the Kirov-class battle-cruiser.

The lower house’s approval of Putin’s proposal co-insides neatly with an already-reached agreement between Moscow and Damascus which grants the Russian Armed Forces the right to maintain permanent military bases in Syria for 49 years with the possibility for a 25-year extension on top of that.

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