Russia is expanding its military presence in Syria. President Vladimir Putin on May 29th instructed their defense to aim for expanding military basing rights. These plans are likely to include both ports and ground based facilities. This also includes the bases in Latakia and Tartus being expanded to increase performance levels and boost functionality according to Yury Shvitkin, vice chair of the Duma defense committee. Tartus is planned to become a full-fledged military base.