Russia, Syria Agree Expansion, Overhaul of Tartus Naval Facility

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Russia and Syria have signed an agreement on the expansion and modernization of the Russian naval maintenance facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, according to the document posted on the Russian government's legal information portal on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The agreement, signed on January 18, will be in force for 49 years, the document says.

"The current agreement is valid for 49 years and will be automatically prolonged every 25 years thereafter unless one of the sides notifies the other side not less than a year prior in written form and through diplomatic channels of its intention to terminate it," the document stipulates.

According to the agreement, Russia will have full legal authority over the Tartus facility and will use it free of charge.

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