BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran was allegedly invited by the Russian Federation to setup a fortified base at the Hmeimim Airport and another in the port-city of Tartous, professor Sami Moubayed, a prominent Syrian historian, wrote in the Asia Times on Friday.

According to Moubayed, the Russian tenure at the Hmeimim Airport is open-ended, with many of the neighborhoods near the installation have already been leased by Iran.

This may cause a problem for the Russians because the Iranian presence near their airport may encourage the jihadist rebels to attack the area.

Furthermore, an Iranian port on the Mediterranean may prompt Israel to step up their attacks in Syria, especially with Lebanon being so close to the Syrian coast.

“A permanent Iranian presence in Latakia could limit and possibly obstruct Russian surveillance and intelligence gathering, jam their radio-electronic technology, and jeopardize Russian air-defenses, aircraft, and the lives of military personnel,” Moubayed said.

The possibility of an Iranian naval base in Latakia seems may possess merit, as the Islamic Republic reportedly sent an official request to the Syrian government last February.

As mentioned above, Iran’s presence on the Mediterranean may increase tensions with Israel, but it may also provide a solution to the ongoing U.S. sanctions, which have prevented the Islamic Republic from accessing this sea.

“Everyone wants a Silk Road nowadays, and ports are a good place to start,” professor Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma told the Asia Times.

Iran dreams of building a strong regional economy based on trade, highways and pipelines that cross from Iran to the Mediterranean. Helping to build up Syrian ports is only one element in a much larger vision of prosperity and shared interests. Most important will be the day that Iran can sell its oil and gas to Europe by transporting across Iraq and Syria,” Landis added.

Iran has yet to issue an official statement regarding this alleged move.

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I think that Moubayed forgot that the Tehran meeting with Assad, Khamenei, Soleimani and a Nasrallah representative was about annexing Lebanon to Syria.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, You made a statement not worthy to a person of Your intelligence.

That would mean resuming the Lebanon civil war. They cannot win that now.

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Putin will NEVER let any gas pipeline coming from Qatar/Iran reach the EU. Using ground level nuclear blasts and/or massively spreading nuclear waste to create no-go zones is already planned by mother Russia if

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they can’t prevent it by other means. Natural gas sales to the EU are 36% of Russian economy. Better beware, I’m not joking, do not wake up the bear!
If Iran wants to sell its gas/oil through

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pipelines, they’d better consider a 800km undersea one onto India which’s economy is sky-rocketing and they have a 1.3 billion population in need of energy.

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And frankly, I don’t think the mullahs will be able either to build a navy base on the Mediterranean sea, or even have enough time to build a pipeline onto India…

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When you raise your military budget to 25% of GDP just like MBS did in KSA, it’s not for defensive purposes. With constant threats on Israel and UAE not being a püssy,

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added to a political ideology saying to kill all those not complying to its ways, I don’t think Iran will face an invasion, more likely a scenario looking like Libya.