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FM spokesman: Temporary use of Iranian airbase for Russia ended

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA -- Temporary use of Iranian airbase for anti-terrorism mission by Russian jetfighters ended, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

Qassemi made the remarks speaking in his weekly press conference.

'Russia has no base in Iran nor has it deployed (its fighter jets) in our country. It was a temporary mission that ended.'

Defense Minister Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan had said earlier that the Russian fighter jets used Nojeh air base only for fueling or arming in case of necessity.

Iran has no agreement with Russia in this regard, Qassemi said, adding, 'Our relations with Russia are strategic in some areas and growing over the past several years.'

'We have common views with some countries on certain areas, including on the fight against terrorism about which Iran and Russia have common stand.'

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