Russia may evacuate Syrian base, says Navy chief
In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, Vladimir Putin, then Russian prime minister, center, signs an autograph during a visit to a Russian Navy shipyard Sevmash in Severodvinsk, Russia. AP PhotoThe Russian Navy may evacuate the Syrian port of Tartus in the event of a hostile attack, the military branch’s chief was quoted as by Russia Today.
The personnel on duty at the base will be moved out of the area if need be, Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said during a radio interview.
Such a move, however, would require the direct order of the president, Chirkov added.
The opposition Free Syrian Army has previously threatened to target Russian bases in Syria.
Over 50 sailors and officers are currently serving at the Tartus base, which is used for the repair and refueling of Russian vessels, according to Russia Today.