Iranian Speaker: No permanent air base for Russia
13:46, 17 August 2016

Iranian Speaker: No permanent air base for Russia

Tehran: Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said no military base has been given to Russia or any other country by Iran

13:46, 17 August 2016

The speaker of Iran's parliament stressed on Wednesday that Russia does not have a permanent military base within the Islamic Republic, a day after Moscow announced launching airstrikes on Syria from Iran, reports AP

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Iran's constitution, ratified after its 1979 Islamic Revolution, bars foreign militaries from having bases within the country.For the first time since 1979, Iran has given a foreign power the right to conduct military operations from its soil.

In his remarks, reported by the state-run IRNA news agency, Larijani did not directly discuss the strikes, though he said Iran has "cooperated with Russia, as it is our ally on regional issues, especially on Syrian issues."

"We have good cooperation with Russia and we say it loud and clear," - Larijani said.

Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed that Russian long-range aviation was redeployed to the Iranian base. Previously, Russian aviation performed their flights from South Osetian Mozdok.

Related: Russian jets launch countrywide airstrikes over Syria

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