BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran was allegedly invited by the Russian Federation to setup a fortified base at the Hmeimim Airport and another in the port-city of Tartous, professor Sami Moubayed, a prominent Syrian historian, wrote in the Asia Times on Friday.

According to Moubayed, the Russian tenure at the Hmeimim Airport is open-ended, with many of the neighborhoods near the installation have already been leased by Iran.

This may cause a problem for the Russians because the Iranian presence near their airport may encourage the jihadist rebels to attack the area.

Furthermore, an Iranian port on the Mediterranean may prompt Israel to step up their attacks in Syria, especially with Lebanon being so close to the Syrian coast.

“A permanent Iranian presence in Latakia could limit and possibly obstruct Russian surveillance and intelligence gathering, jam their radio-electronic technology, and jeopardize Russian air-defenses, aircraft, and the lives of military personnel,” Moubayed said.

The possibility of an Iranian naval base in Latakia seems may possess merit, as the Islamic Republic reportedly sent an official request to the Syrian government last February.

As mentioned above, Iran’s presence on the Mediterranean may increase tensions with Israel, but it may also provide a solution to the ongoing U.S. sanctions, which have prevented the Islamic Republic from accessing this sea.

“Everyone wants a Silk Road nowadays, and ports are a good place to start,” professor Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma told the Asia Times.

Iran dreams of building a strong regional economy based on trade, highways and pipelines that cross from Iran to the Mediterranean. Helping to build up Syrian ports is only one element in a much larger vision of prosperity and shared interests. Most important will be the day that Iran can sell its oil and gas to Europe by transporting across Iraq and Syria,” Landis added.

Iran has yet to issue an official statement regarding this alleged move.

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Iran will build a port in Latakia to link with Turkey, Russian black sea port..Volga Don channel to Russia Volga river ports and Caspian sea ports ( Kazajistan, Russia, Azerbajan, Turkmenistan and Iran)…meanwhile USA will have a beduine base in Al Tanf desert to produce camel meat and milk…

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Well, the building may not be sad. It’s clear that Russia wants the country with the biggest natural gas reserves enter the EU energy market with pipelines and sink Russian economy 🙂

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@Daeshbags-Sux, that is just the point. Iran may gain access but the size will be controlled by the Czar Vladimir and his successors.

But since the EU is one of the biggest import market for oil and gas that night be a success for Iran. the EU is a reliable trade republik and no fickle Empire that sanctions at its daily pleasure.

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I think that Moubayed forgot that the Tehran meeting with Assad, Khamenei, Soleimani and a Nasrallah representative was about annexing Lebanon to Syria.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, You made a statement not worthy to a person of Your intelligence.

That would mean resuming the Lebanon civil war. They cannot win that now.

Look up who Landis is.

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Thanks to traitors like Nasrallah and Aoun, Lebanon is already de facto annexed. We’d have to re-arm the Phalanges to compete since all militias but Hezbotox complied with UNSC Res.1701.

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Sorry, but the only place Lebanon is still an independent state is on paper. Yankees acted stupid with Iraq and Libya, even Afgha. They should have crushed the mullahs and Bani-Thani first.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, if Lebanon is a Banana republic it is the fault of Israel that infringes Lebanese sovereignty with its war planes every day.

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Saddam was as right about the mullahs as he was about the monarchies around. The original sin was Brits giving independence to all of them.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, the original sin of the Entente not the only the Brits was the Versailles and the other treaties that did not grant self determination and tried to plunder other nations. French irredentism has been just as responsible, not only the Island monkeys lust for empires and the Zionists glut for riches and their original home.

p.s. The original sin spawned wars – ever since it was committed.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, not annexed since they stick to their part.

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Putin will NEVER let any gas pipeline coming from Qatar/Iran reach the EU. Using ground level nuclear blasts and/or massively spreading nuclear waste to create no-go zones is already planned by mother Russia if

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they can’t prevent it by other means. Natural gas sales to the EU are 36% of Russian economy. Better beware, I’m not joking, do not wake up the bear!
If Iran wants to sell its gas/oil through

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pipelines, they’d better consider a 800km undersea one onto India which’s economy is sky-rocketing and they have a 1.3 billion population in need of energy.

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And frankly, I don’t think the mullahs will be able either to build a navy base on the Mediterranean sea, or even have enough time to build a pipeline onto India…

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When you raise your military budget to 25% of GDP just like MBS did in KSA, it’s not for defensive purposes. With constant threats on Israel and UAE not being a püssy,

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added to a political ideology saying to kill all those not complying to its ways, I don’t think Iran will face an invasion, more likely a scenario looking like Libya.

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Because everybody is fed up with their Hezbotox, Hamas, Houthis and ISIS. If they think their shenanigans with Qatar and Turkey have not been noticed…

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they are freaking deluded.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, KSA and Iran are preparing their WW I.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, a navy base will have to be token. Too far away and off the tracks. Use Your military mind You are commenting on Iranian internal boassts.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, he will keep that even after Cyprus and others add to the market. Demand will continue to rise until renewable energies limit it.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, do not worry, political and economic causes will regulate and limit Iran’s access.

The Iranians will harness the new Silk Road idea for their plans.

Egypt and Israel are building on the Trojan Horse line together with Cyprus and other Hellenic traders.

p.s. But the Czar has already constructed the two North Streams of gas to the golden gates of Miðgarðr.