Lavrov Strikes Back at CIA's Pompeo, Questions Legality of US Bases in Syria
Lavrov added that the presence of foreign bases in Syria would be decided by the Damascus authorities alone once the terrorist groups in the country had been defeated an agreement satisfying all ethnic and confessional groups would be reached.
Russia has two military bases in Syria. The coastal city of Tartus has hosted a Soviet, and later Russian, naval supply and maintenance facility since 1971.
The Hmeymim airbase in Syria’s north, on the other hand, was constructed in 2015 to serve as strategic center for Russia’s fight against terrorist groups.
In January 2017, Syria leased both bases to Russia for 49 years.