Without waiting for documenting of raising the status of the Russian facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, the Russian Defense Ministry has started to equip its future naval base with all necessary vessels and equipment.
The Russian Defense Ministry is equipping its military facility in the Syrian port of Tartus with ships, anti-sabotage boats and special equipment, which is necessary for creation a full-scale naval base, the Interfax news agency reported, citing its own unnamed source in the Russian military circles.
“Without waiting for documenting of raising the status of the Russian facility in the Syrian [port of] Tartus from a sustainment center to a naval base, Russia inundates the facility with necessary supply ships, motor boats and equipment,” the source told Interfax.
On Thursday, the MB-31 sea tug of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, equipped with the SPK-46150 floating derrick, passed through Black Sea straits in the direction of the Syrian Arab Republic.
A few days ago, other Russian ships of the auxiliary fleet, including the KIL-158 vessel, which were carrying several anti-sabotage boats of the Raptor-class, also passed through the Bosphorus.
A week ago, secretary of the Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Nikolai Pankov, said that the necessary documentation, which would allow Russia to establish a permanent naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus, is being prepared.
As it was earlier reported, the Russian stationing site in Tartus had the status of a sustainment center of the Russian Navy, and one of the two repair vessels of the Black Sea Fleet constantly was on duty there. The repair ships replaced each other by rotation.