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(Worthy News) - Arab media are reporting that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reactivated a 1980 "friendship" treaty between Damascus and Moscow, handing over the Latakia airbase in Assad's mostly Alawite Mediterranean coastal enclave.
Other Arab media reports say Russia is anticipating an eventual partition of Syria and hopes to bolster the military of a smaller geographic configuration of Syria under Assad.
The London-based, Saudi-owned Arab daily Al Hayat reported Monday that Syria and Russia agreed to reactivate a 1980 “friendship and cooperation” treaty between the old Soviet Union and Syria, after numerous visits by Syrian and Russian officials to each other's capitals.
The paper said Russian forces have taken over the Latakia airbase and were working to improve runways and equipment at other bases in the north of the country. [ Source ]