A number of Western media outlets reported last week that Russia was planning to set up additional airbase in Syria. On December 9, the Russian Defense Ministry denied the reports.


“It is not true. If there was [intention to build the base], they would have announced it. And we would have announced it at the same time,” Assad said in an interview to Spanish EFE news agency.


Assad added that Iran also had no plans to build military bases in Syria.




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