Russia to build permanent naval base at Tartus, Syria - UPI.com
UPI reports: "A supply base for the Russian navy at Tartus, Syria, will be expanded
to a permanent naval base, Russian Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said
The current facility, on the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and
Lebanon, has only a single pier, dates to 1977 and the Soviet era, and
is used as a repair station and supply center for the Russian navy, its
only base in the Mediterranean. [...] the upgraded base will have comprehensive defense systems and other capabilities lacking in the current supply post.
An advanced anti-missile system already arrived at Tartus to protect the port and warships from airstrikes, Russia confirmed last week.
Russia: U.S. actions a threat to our national security - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Tensions continue to rise between the United States and Russia as the
Russian foreign minister said Sunday recent actions and statements
threaten his country's national security.
[...] The relationship between leaders in Russia and the United States
has gotten rockier in the last several weeks as the two countries have
publicly disagreed over how to intervene in the civil war in Syria.
Comment: I remember a time when the idea that Russia was the "King of the North" and would have a strategic interest in the Middle East was mocked. Now, it seems like Russia's presence and power in the Middle East grows on a daily basis. It's extraordinary. Time to go back and read Ezekiel.