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Russia and Syrian armies conduct joint military drill in Tartus

Russia and Syria  had signed a 49-year agreement on the use of Tartus Port by Russian forces on January 18, 2017.

Russian Rear Admiral Aleksandr Yuldashev said that his country, along with the Syrian army, carried out a military exercise for the safety of the facilities used in international commercial sea activities at the Port of Tartus.

Speaking to members of the press, Yuldashev stated that the exercise was held on January 18-20.

Indicating that more than two thousand soldiers as well as 7 ships participated in the exercise, Yuldashev said that the Syrian Navy soldiers carried out mine exploration in the area near Tartus Harbour.

During the exercise, the Russian military police and Syrian troops also carried out protection and control activities.

Pantsir-S defense systems ensured the safety of the airspace in the area where the exercises were being held.

Russia and Syria  had signed a 49-year agreement on the use of Tartus Port by Russian forces on January 18, 2017. The facility, which was expanded under the agreement, envisions the presence of 11 Russian ships, including nuclear ships.

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