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Syria agrees to expanded Russian naval presence in eastern Mediterranean PDF Print E-mail
Written by Geostrategy-Direct   
Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Russian warships open fire during a presentation during Navy Day celebrations off the coast of the far eastern city of Vladivostok on July 29. Yuri Maltsev/Reuters
Russian warships open fire during a presentation during Navy Day celebrations off the coast of the far eastern city of Vladivostok on July 29. Yuri Maltsev/Reuters

TEL AVIV — Israeli military sources said Syria has agreed to an expanded Russian Navy presence, particularly at the ports of Latakia and Tartous. 

The sources said the Israeli military expects Russian submarines to conduct reconnaissance operations near the Israeli coast.

"The Russians could conduct naval operations for Syria and compensate for Syria's technological gap," a military source said.

Russia has announced that the navy would restore its presence in the eastern Mediterranean. Moscow said the operations would take place in 2008.

The Israel Navy has completed a submarine course meant to enhance skills to detect enemy and other submarines. The navy has three German-origin Dolphin-class diesel-electric submarines and plans to acquire another two such platforms. The two Dolphins were expected to arrive in Israel by 2011.

"Everything must be seen and reported," Capt. A, the commander of the navy's submarine squadron, said. "We have learned the lessons of the [Lebanon] war and we could do things better today. We exercised on this."

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Geostrategy-Direct, www.geostrategy-direct.com, December 26, 2007



 
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