Iran has given Russia an air base in Hamadan at the request of the Syrian government. In the future, Tehran is ready to consider the options for providing for the needs of its military bases, said the Minister of defence of the country. According to experts, the Russian-Iranian cooperation to combat terrorism could be significantly wider: all the way to joint actions in the Caspian sea and the Mediterranean sea.
Iran revealed details of the agreement, by which Russia now enjoys a base Shaheed Knife in Hamadan as airfields for strikes against terrorist groups in Syria.
“The options may be several. It’s not boils down to the fact that Iran is only provides its territory for the deployment of Russian military bases”
According to Iranian defense Minister Hossein Dehgan, the receiving aircraft is carried out at the request and the request of Damascus “in the framework of mutual cooperation and the fight against terrorists.”
“Obviously, they (Russian aircraft) flying to Iran to experience. Arrive for when you need to refuel or arm”, – said the Minister.
The official stressed that the Russian planes will use the base in Hamadan as long as necessary, but now the terrorists are on their last legs”.
Hossein Dehgan has not excluded that in the future Iran may consider the question of granting Russia and other bases for the fight against terrorists, but at the moment “no such plans”. “If so require some conditions, we consider this question,” said Dehgan.
We will remind, in the beginning of the week, the Russian defense Ministry released video of the airstrike bombers Tu-22M3 and su-34 on the positions of militants “Islamic state” and “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (both groups were banned in Russia) in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor and Idlib.
Initially, Iran did not disclose details of the operation, confirming only granting Russia its infrastructure. Observers speculated that this became possible thanks to the work of the joint center for coordination against ISIS* (was established in September last year, Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq).
In the Federation Council expressed its readiness to ratify the agreement on the deployment of the air group of the Russian Armed forces on the Iranian air base in Hamadan modeled on a similar agreement with Syria.
The airbase near Hamadan previously used Russian aircraft involved in the operation in Syria. However, there was only the intermediate landings, the shock of it was applied.
Russia’s actions drew the attention of the United States, which questioned the legality of the use of databases from the point of view of the resolution of the UN Security Council prohibiting the sale or supply to Iran of military aircraft without the approval of the security Council. The Russian foreign Ministry attempts to “pull the ears” of the UN security Council resolution called absolutely groundless, since “the wording of the relevant item on the supply of arms to Iran, no relation to the situation of Russian aircraft in Iran.
The incident triggered controversy in the Islamic Republic. The Deputy Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh called the emergence of the Russian military in the country is a violation of the Constitution. But Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said that Tehran has not transferred the Russian military nor a military base and we are talking about cooperation with Moscow on Syria.
According to observers, Iran and Russia that set the tone and show the same Americans that their actions in Syria will be accepted with the approval of Damascus.
“In this case definitely underlines that not only asked the opinion of Syria, and at the request of the Syrian government, Iran agreed on such cooperation with Russia. Clearly shows that any action of Iran or Syria is not alone, but primarily at the request of the Syrian government,” – said in an interview to the newspaper VIEW expert of Association of military political analysts, the associate Professor of political science and sociology REU them. Plekhanov Alexander Perendzhiev.
Thus, the expert believes, the question arises on what grounds the members of the Western coalition are operating in Syria at the request of Damascus, or by themselves?
As for the possibility of granting Iran the other of their bases to Russia’s compliance with anti-terrorist operations, Perendzhiev considers such a scenario is quite real. In addition, there are other possible variants of interaction. For example, in the future in Syria at the request of the government can be created joint Russian-Iranian base.
“Perhaps the creation of joint units of the naval forces in the Caspian sea. Speech can go about joint operation and use of the naval base of Russia on the Mediterranean sea in Tartus (now this object is in the status of the item logistics of the Russian Navy). That is, the options may be several. It’s not boils down to the fact that Iran is only provides its territory for the deployment of Russian military bases. The collaboration system can be much more diverse and wider”, – predicts expert.
* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”