The president’s approval is the final step of implementation of the Russia-Syria agreement, which was signed on January 18, after the expansion of the Russian naval facility was ratified by the Russian State Duma on December 21.
On Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the deal on the expansion of the Russian naval facility in the Syrian port city of Tartus.
According to the agreement, Russia may simultaneously deploy up to 11 warships, including nuclear-powered combat vessels, at the Tartus naval facility. Russia will carry out the seaborne and airborne protection of the base, while Syria will be responsible for the land security. Russia will be able to deploy temporary mobile outposts beyond the base, if coordinated with the Syrian side.
The text of the agreement between Russia and Syria says it is defensive in nature and is not directed against other countries.
The agreement between Russia and Syria is supposed to be in force for 49 years and can be automatically prolonged for further 25-year periods.