This photo made from the footage provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service on in Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 shows Russian peacekeepers taking on a board of military plane in unknown place in Russia. Scores of Russian peacekeepers were heading to Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday morning, hours after Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to halt the fighting over the separatist region in a pact signed with Moscow which envisions the deployment of nearly 2,000 Russian peacekeepers and territorial concessions. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

The Russian military in Syria is preparing to build a “permanent military base” near the historic city of Palmyra (Arb. Tadmor) in the Homs region, in the center of the country. This was reported yesterday by the Syrian media Zaman Al-Wasl.

The total area being prepared for the complex of the future Russian military base is about 37 hectares, and in its neighborhood there is a weapons depot of the Syrian Air Force, according to the mentioned media.

We remind you: Russia has two permanent military bases in Syria – naval, in the city of Tartus on the northwestern part of the Syrian Mediterranean coast; and Hmeymim Air Base, near the city of Latakia in the eponymous northwestern region. The mentioned naval base, which has been operating in Syria since the time of the USSR as a military-technical point for servicing Russian (formerly Soviet) warships in the Mediterranean, the Russian Ministry of Defense intends to territorially expand and modernize – ie enable large ships to enter, including atomic submarines.

In addition to these two “classic” military bases, the Russian army in Syria has opened a number of smaller bases – the so-called. checkpoints in the north of the country, especially after the short-term withdrawal of the US military from Syria ahead of the Turkish military operation Source of Peace in its north (east of the Euphrates), in October 2019. At that time, Russian forces entered some military bases abandoned by the Americans and stayed there. Shortly afterwards, the US military partially returned to Syria, but no longer to the areas from which it had previously withdrawn, but mainly to the south, to the Deir Ezzor region east of the Euphrates, to oil-producing areas under under the control of predominantly Kurdish SDF forces.

The mentioned announcement of the opening of a new military base in Palmyra (the news has not yet been confirmed by the Russian side) will undoubtedly mean the strengthening and facilitation of Russia’s military position and combat operations in that country, especially in the zones south and east of the city of great historical importance. – Completely devastated by Islamic State jihadists during 2014 and 2015.