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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus

Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country knowing full well that this would make them a prime target for the U.S.? Did Syria gain anything from letting Russia use their country as a geopolitical chess piece? I am thinking there's more to it, because I don't see it as a win-win for Syria in any way.