Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters after a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that Tartous port in Syria would be leased to Russia for 49 years for transport and economic use next week.
Borisov said, "The main issue that must give a positive dynamism is the use of the port of Tartous. The visit has brought together all these agreements," adding, "We have done very well in this matter and hope that the contract will be signed within a week. For 49 years, Tartous port will be operated in front of Russian commercial operations."
Moscow and Damascus earlier signed an agreement to expand the financial and technical supply center of the Russian military fleet in Tartous. The Convention allows the presence of 11 warships, including nuclear ones, for 49 years, with the possibility of automatic renewal for periods of 25 years.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with senior Russian officials to discuss the next round of peace talks, the charter of Tartous port and trade between the two countries, according to state media outlets belonging to the regime.