Iran ac­cuses Rus­sia of ‘show­ing off' in Syria

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IRAN said yes­ter­day that Rus­sian raids on ji­hadists in Syria from one of its air­bases had ended for now, after ac­cus­ing Moscow of “show­ing off” when it re­vealed the bomb­ing runs.

“It was a spe­cific, au­tho­rised mis­sion and it’s over for now. They con­ducted it and they are gone now,” for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Bahram Ghasemi told re­porters in Tehran.

He left open the pos­si­bil­ity of fu­ture Rus­sian com­bat flights from the Is­lamic repub­lic, say­ing it would de­pend on “the situation in the re­gion, and ac­cord­ing to our per­mis­sion”.

The Rus­sian am­bas­sador to Tehran, Le­van Dzha­garyan, said yes­ter­day all Rus­sian planes have left Iran’s air base in Hamedan but that noth­ing pre­vents them from us­ing it again in the fu­ture.

“There are no rea­sons to worry. If the lead­ers of our two coun­tries consider it nec­es­sary and reach the rel­e­vant agree­ments, what sort of prob­lems can there be?” he told Rus­sia’s In­ter­fax news agency.

“For the time be­ing, there are no [Rus­sians] re­main­ing in Hamedan” air­base, he added.

Mr Ghasemi’s com­ments came a few hours after Ira­nian De­fence Min­is­ter Hos­sein De­hghan made a rare public crit­i­cism of Rus­sia for re­veal­ing that its war­planes were us­ing Hamedan to attack in­sur­gents in Syria.

“Nat­u­rally, the Rus­sians are keen to show that they are a su­per­power and an in­flu­en­tial coun­try and that they are ac­tive in security is­sues in the

re­gion and the world,” Mr De­hghan told Iran’s Chan­nel 2 tele­vi­sion.

“There has been a kind of showingoff and in­con­sid­er­ate at­ti­tude be­hind the an­nounce­ment of this news.”

Iran and Rus­sia are key back­ers of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, but Tehran re­mains rel­a­tively guarded about its pre­cise in­volve­ment.

The Is­lamic repub­lic is highly sen­si­tive to any sug­ges­tion that it would al­low for­eign mil­i­taries to be based in its ter­ri­tory. –

Photo: AFP

Ira­nian for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Bahram Ghasemi speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Au­gust 22 in Tehran.

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