Iran’s speaker denies halt of Russia’s use of Iranian airbase


TEHRAN,  (Xinhua) — Russia‘s fighter jets have not halted flights from an Iranian airbase into Syria to pound militants, Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said on Tuesday.

However, Tehran has not put any military bases in the country at the disposal of Russia, Larijani’s words came as a reaction to Monday remarks of Foreign Ministry spokesman who said that Russia had stopped using Iranian Hamedan airbase for carrying out operations against militants in Syria.

Iran is in alliance with Russia in its battle against terrorism in Syria, Larijani was quoted as saying.

The operations from Iran’s airbase started on Tuesday as confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry and Iranian officials.

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Deqhan said on Saturday that Tehran might allow Russian fighters to use more air bases of the country in the fight against terrorism in the region.

Editor: Hou Qiang