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Russia's Lavrov hints at long-term military presence in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to leave military forces in Syria “for quite some time,”Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Channel 4 News, a British-based outlet.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to leave military forces in Syria “for quite some time,” Lavrov added.

 

“Besides, we do have, not actually full-fledged bases, but two places where our naval ships and our aircraft are located in Syria and they might be usefully kept for quite some time,” he said.

 

The civil war in Syria  had a a geopolitical significance, as Russia and Iran deployed to the country to secure Assad. Syria provides Russia with its only naval base in the Mediterranean, while Iran sought to expand its military presence on Israel’s borders.

 

 

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