Tit for Tat? Russia Could Station Missiles in Syria
Moscow could regain Mediterranean naval base—and key Cold War relationship
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 5:35 PM CDT
Israeli tanks maneuver during a military exercise in the Golan Heights, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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(Newser) – Syria could host batteries of Russian missiles in return for Russian military technology and the reopening of a Soviet-era naval base on its Mediterranean coast, the Times of London reports. President Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow today to discuss a deal, which may be Russia’s response to the US-Poland missile defense agreement also signed today.

With the Georgian crisis raging, the warming relationship between erstwhile Cold War allies could be Russia’s first steps in creating an anti-NATO alliance. “Georgia began the crisis and the West accuses Russia,” Assad said. “Syria suffered the same thing; attempts to destabilize the country, distortion of the facts and double standards.”