Special to WorldTribune.com
President Vladimir Putin is looking to expand Russia’s military power and restore Moscow’s global reach of the Soviet era.
Moscow on Oct. 10 announced it was planning to make its naval base in Syria permanent. Earlier reports said Russia is considering re-establishing bases in Vietnam and Cuba that it had during the Soviet era. …
Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov told the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, that the ministry was drafting documents to make Russia’s use of the Tartus base in Syria permanent.
Russian forces have also established the Hmeimim air base near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia since they began a bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad one year ago.