Russia: future use of Iranian air base depends on circumstances in Syria

Still image shows shows airstrikes carried out by Russian air force in SyriaBy Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) – The Russian military said on Monday that its aircraft operating from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria had now completed their tasks, but it left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted it. Iran's foreign ministry said Russia had stopped using the base for strikes in Syria, bringing an abrupt halt to an unprecedented deployment that was criticized both by the White House and by some Iranian lawmakers. "Russian military aircraft that took part in the operation of conducting air strikes from Iran's Hamadan air base on terrorist targets in Syria have successfully completed all tasks," a Russian defense ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement.

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