A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia's Defense Ministry shows a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber based at Iran's Hamadan Air Base dropping bombs in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour. (Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters TV
Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan on Monday criticized Russia for "not having kept its promise" when Russia made public that it was using an Iranian airbase for bombing raids in Syria.
The operations were strategically necessary, but Iran and Russia had agreed not to make them public, Dehghan said in comments carried by Iranian state news agency ISNA.
He emphasized that Iran had allowed Russia to use the airbase only for refueling as part of collaboration against terrorists in Syria, and not allocated it as a "classical military base."
Iran's Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that the country would "temporarily suspend" Russian warplanes from using the Nojeh airbase in Iran's western Hamadan province. Russian warplanes used the airbase last week to launch several strikes into Syria.
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WNU Editor: The Iranian government is not pleased with this revelation. But considering how difficult (if not impossible) to keep such an arrangement secret .... what did the Iranians really expect.
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