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Russia and Syria sign agreement on expanding Tartus naval base

Russia and Syria sign agreement on expanding Tartus naval baseRussia and Syria have signed an agreement on expanding the territory of the Russian Navy’s logistics facility in Tartus for 49 years, according to Russia's Tass news agency on Friday.

The document was published on the official legal information portal.

"The current agreement will stay effective for 49 years and be automatically prolonged for 25-year periods, if neither party makes a twelve months’ notice in writing through diplomatic channels of its intention to terminate the agreement’s operation," the document runs.

"Russia will use the facilities subject to joint use on the disinterested basis," the agreement says.

"The logistic facility shall enjoy full immunity from the civil and administrative jurisdiction of Syria. Its movable and immovable property enjoys immunity from search, requisition, arrest or executory measures," it added.

The agreement envisages that 11 Russian warships can be located in the Tartus base at one time, the document showed.

"The maximum number of Russian warships allowed to stay simultaneously at the maintenance base is 11, including nuclear-powered combat ships, provided that nuclear and environmental safety is complied with," the document says.

Two countries had also signed a 49-years long deal concerning Hmeymim airdrome. Under the arrangement Syria will let Russia use part of the airdrome and ground facilities on disinterested terms. Syria will transfer Hmeymim aerodrome to Russia for free to accommodate Russian air task force.
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