Tartus in Syria, a supplier of `martyrs` for Assad

Tartus has itself largely escaped the conflict in Syria, but posters of its sons killed fighting for the regime elsewhere in the country line the western city`s main road.

Russia denies closure of embassy, naval base in Syria

Moscow has denied the reports suggesting closure of Russian embassy in the Syria`s capital city and evacuation of a naval base in its second largest port city of Tartus.

Russian warships not to enter Syria port: Navy Chief

The Western Syrian port of Tartus is Russia`s only foreign naval base outside the former Soviet Union.