Russia’s Interfax news agency has quoted an unamed source as saying that Russia intends to expand and improve its naval base in Tartous and air bases in Hmeimim and Bassel al-Assad International Airport, so that it can continue fighting effectively against terrorist groups in Syria.

On January 12, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said Moscow had withdrawn six Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets from the air base and instead sent four Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft to the region, PressTV reported.

The source further said Russia also planned to upgrade its naval base in Tartus, the second largest port city in Syria, where Russia has been keeping a support and maintenance facility for its naval forces since 1977, adding that Moscow would improve the base, located some 86 kilometers south of Hmeimim, so that it becomes capable of handling bigger ships such as cruisers, the report continued.

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  1. Hmeimim has already received new tarmac and extended runway.
    Why not serious naval shipyard with dry docks, i.e. 350-400m long? Hey, Russia has no mean to build serious ships now. Soviet shipyards were all in Ukraine. Russia can’t build aircraft carriers and well, a 400m dry dock can get Maersk as a client if they can be cheaper than Korea…