The U.S. reconnaissance and analytical company Stratfor has published photos taken by a satellite. These images confirm that the Russian soldiers are building a military air base in the Syrian Latakia airport, Joinfo.ua reports.
In the photos one can see how in the airport are being built two additional sites for helicopters, and the runway is being extended along its entire length, obviously, in order to receive heavy transport aircraft.
One can also see the newly built towers and buildings which, according to Stratfor, can be used to accommodate soldiers. Construction works are being conducted around the airport, and in some areas old asphalt has been replaced by new one.
Analysts believe that such images may be a clear proof that the Russian military is building a military air base in Latakia.
On Sunday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow would continue its military supplies to Syria to promote the fight against terrorism.
The Western media referring to its own sources report that Russia is increasing its military support for Syria.
Against the backdrop of these reports, the United States and NATO have expressed their concern. For example, U.S. President Barack Obama believes that Moscow is making a mistake by reinforcing the support for the government of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow is assuring that it supplies weapons to Syria to fight against the Islamic State group and fulfills previously concluded contracts.
Ukraerorukh received orders from the Prime Ministerof Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk to increase control over the movement of Russian planes to Syria.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned Russia against military intervention in Syria.
Only German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that a solution to the conflict in Syria is impossible without Russia’s participation.