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Russia Looks To Expand Military Bases In Syria, Could Escalate Existing Tensions With US

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Russia is looking to expand its military bases in Syria, a move which could heighten existing tensions with U.S. troops stationed in the country.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his Defense and Foreign Affairs ministries to begin negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government Friday. He is looking to obtain additional facilities and real estate on land and at sea in Syria for the Russian military, reported the Anadolu Agency.