Russian navy plans permanent base in Syria; eyes others in Vietnam, Cuba

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By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com

President Vladimir Putin is looking to expand Russia’s military power and restore Moscow’s global reach of the Soviet era.

Russia’s nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky is seen at the port of Tartus in 2010.
Russia’s nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky is seen at the port of Tartus in 2010.

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.

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