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    Russian Lawmakers Could Review Syria Naval Base Agreement on Nov. 7-8

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    Russia futher promotes the process of the Tartus naval base construction, a parliamentary source told RIA Novosti on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A bill ratifying an agreement to establish a Russian Navy base in the Syrian port of Tartus could be submitted to lower house lawmakers on November 7-8, a parliamentary source told RIA Novosti on Monday.

    Deputy Defense Minister Nikolay Pankov disclosed plans this month to set up a permanent base in the Eastern Mediterranean seaport. A parliamentary source later told RIA Novosti the base would be term-limited to 49 years.

    Both houses of Russian parliament ratified earlier in October an agreement with Syria that authorizes the indefinite deployment of a Russian air group at the Hmeimim airbase.

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