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Russia establishing permanent presence at its Syria bases: RIA cites minister

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia has begun establishing a permanent presence at its military bases in Tartus and Hmeimim in Syria, RIA news agency said.

"Last week the Commander-in-Chief approved the structure and the bases in Tartus and in Hmeimim. We have begun forming a permanent presence there," he said.

(Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Katya Golubkova)