Moscow: Russia to Use Iran’s Hamadan Airbase in Syria’s Future Missions + VIDEO

Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:40:55

Russian Air Force warplanes have left the base in Iran from which they last week bombed terrorist targets in Syria. Moscow and Tehran said the deployment had achieved its goals.

“The Russian aircraft which flew missions from the Iranian Hamadan Airbase against terrorist targets in Syria have successfully completed [their tasks]. The warplanes are currently back in the Russian Federation,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Monday.

He added that further deployments of the Russian military to Iran “would be based on mutual agreements on fighting terrorism and depending on the developments in Syria.”

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the outcome.

“They did this [operation] and it is finished for now," Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

Earlier, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Russian deployment was temporary, but would last “as long as needed.”

The unexpected deployment last week of Tu-22M3 heavy bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers was criticized by the White House, which called it “unfortunate” and speculated that it might have violated a UN Security Council resolution which bans the transfer of combat aircraft to Iran.

Moscow dismissed the notion on several occasions, with the Defense Ministry on Monday reaffirming that it was an anti-terrorism mission, not an arms sale contract.

Russia and Iran both support the Syrian government in its fight against terrorists, RT reported.

On Tuesday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said, Iran is in alliance with Russia in its campaign in Syria and in its battle against terrorism.

He added, Russian flights have not been halted, stressing that neither Russia nor any other countries have a permanent military base in the Islamic Republic.

Larijani noted, Russians’ flights from the base are a temporary issue and are only for refueling.

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