President Vladimir Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

As relations between the West and Russian Federation have plummeted to post-Cold War lows, Putin has maintained that he does not want an arms race, but at the same time he has warned that his country is developing a new generation of weapons that he has described as "invincible" and unmatched by foreign rivals.

Russia's naval presence in the Mediterranean has become a game-changer in combatting terrorism in Syria, Putin said, adding that "missile strikes as well as efficient action by our naval aircraft inflicted serious damage to terrorists".

"In view of persistent threats of terrorist attacks in Syria in the Mediterranean sea our ships with cruise missiles "Caliber" will be held constant fighting watch", - quotes the President "Interfax".

Khmeimim airbase, located near Latakia, and the naval site in the port city of Tartus have both been handed over to Russian Federation for 49 years lease-free, with a condition of automatic extension unless either country chooses to terminate the deal.

On Friday, however, in an apparent U-turn following a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russia said it was not in talks with Syria about supplying the missiles.

"They confirmed the readiness of Russian Federation and France to continue to comply with this agreement", it said.

The Kremlin denied it had performed a U-turn on the missile question or that any decision was linked to Netanyahu's visit.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article