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Arab Media Report: Syria, Russia Reviving 1980 'Friendship' Treaty

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...

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