Russia to build barracks for its armymen in Syria

Moscow, Jan 16 (IANS) Russia intends to stay at the Hmeimim Air Base in the Syrian province of Latakia, where it will build barracks and administrative buildings for its forces,a Russian military source said.

More than 500 housing units are currently at the air base and will be replaced by barracks, shared housing and a new building to accommodate Russian air force commanders, the source added.

Although Moscow has begun withdrawing its air and naval forces from Syria after the ceasefire agreement between Damascus and the armed opposition entered into force on December 30, its intention is to maintain its military presence in the country, Efe news reports.

The safety of both facilities is guaranteed with the S-300 and S-400 air defence systems.

The Russian Navy plans to modernize and expand the Tartus port to allow the entry of cruise ships with cargos of more than 10,000 tons.

In Hmeimim, Russia intends to build barracks and administrative buildings at its naval base, also located in Latakia, near the border with Turkey.