Russia not planning to transform logistics center in Syria's Tartus into military base

Moscow is not planning to transform its logistics center in Syria's Tartus into a full-format military base, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and special presidential representative for the Middle East and African countries Mikhail Bogdanov told Interfax.

Moscow is not planning to transform its logistics center in Syria's Tartus into a full-format military base, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and special presidential representative for the Middle East and African countries Mikhail Bogdanov told Interfax.

"There are no such plans," Bogdanov said when asked whether Russia could transform its logistics center in Tartus into a military base amid Western media reports alleging that Russia was stepping up its military presence in Syria.

"This logistics center has been in Tartus for decades, and nobody has ever had any questions on this account," Bogdanov said.

"The parameters of this center's operations and its purposes are well-known, and I don't see any problems in this case," the diplomat said.

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