Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the Defense and Security Committee at the Federation Council, the Russian parliament’s upper house, made the announcement on Wednesday that Russia and Syria are finalizing a deal for a permanent Russian base in Tartous, PressTV reported.

“As far as I know, [it is] at the final stage,” he said.

Russia since 1977 have had a support and maintenance facility for its navy, its only Mediterranean precense.

The new deal will make the naval base permanent.