Russia not planning to have fully-fledged naval base in Syria's Tartus so far
The Russian Navy's resupply facility in Syria's Tartus Port could be upgraded only after an appropriate political decision is adopted, a Russian Navy Main Staff source told Interfax-AVN on Friday.
"If the political leadership of the country makes such a decision, the Russian Navy's resupply facility in Syria's Tartus will be seriously upgraded to match the new political and military situation in the Mediterranean region," he said.
All efforts to overhaul the installation's infrastructure will be made in coordination with the Syrian authorities, he added.
"However, the possibility of turning this resupply facility into a fully-fledged naval base is not being considered so far," he said.
"An overhaul of this resupply installation will envisage bolstering all protection systems of the facility, including its air and counter-sabotage defenses. After the facility's infrastructure is modernized, one of its floating docks will be adjusted in order to enable it to accept a cruiser or a destroyer, while the second dock will be able to accommodate two frigates or large assault ships simultaneously," the source said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday that Russia's presence in the Syrian port of Tartus is essential for maintaining strategic balance.
The construction of the aircraft carrier will only begin after 2025