Some foreign media claims that Russia intends to build in Syria has a large military base near the city of Deir ez-Zor. According to Western sources, it is necessary for Russia to strengthen its geostrategic position in the region as well as to control extensive oil fields in Deir-ez-Zor. How such rumors are without Foundation, “MK” talked to military expert.
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Information on another major base, which Russia is allegedly planning to build in Syria, appeared in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Ahed News Website. Western sources told the publication that the emergence of new base VCS of the Russian Federation in the area of Deir ez-Zor will not allow the Syrian armed opposition and the Kurds to establish control over the largest oil and gas fields in the area, moreover, it will be easier to use aircraft in the East and in Central Syria. Another important point from the point of view of the newspaper, that this airfield will be possible to control Iraqi border, near which is located the US base.
Damascus this information was denied. Foreign Minister of Syria, Walid Muallem, told reporters that Russia needs no military base in Deir ez-Zor. “We have with Russia have agreements regarding Tartus and Mamima. The Russian military presence in Syria as legitimate. We gave our consent,” the diplomat said.
Military expert Viktor murakhovski also doubts in this information.
— There will not be any bases, I am sure, ‘ he says. — There is a possibility that there will be airfields, as at other bases in Syria. For example, the airport “T-4” near Palmyra, or “Shirt” in the area of HOMS. Max there may be a duty group, for example, of four helicopters and two airplanes.
According to him, now the Russian group in Syria is a political task to save resources and gradually reducing military involvement in the conflict. Perhaps by the end of the year will be announced on the victory over ISIS in the country, after which our group will reduce its strength.
— Other tasks will be more geopolitical than military. This pacification of the warring parties, the establishment of the Congress of the peoples of Syria and other humanitarian problems, — says the expert.
According to him, if to say that now under the Deir ez-Zor unfolds the battle for the oil fields with the participation of the Kurds and the armed Syrian opposition, it is rather tactical race ahead of the curve.
— There are agreements between Russia and the United States and other interested countries. There are lines of demarcation, they are designated, and for them, no one will not go, — says Murakhovsky. And when you consider that the Kurds “strongly supports” Turkey, where nothing shines. The opposition is under the control of the United States and will not be openly confrontational.