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Shamkhani: Russian planes' flight over Iran to Syria needs joint decision

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 11, IRNA -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Saturday that the use of Iran's airspace by the Russian planes dispatched for fighting terrorism in Syria needs preparation including precise assessment and pre-scheduled planning.

Speaking in an interview, he said, "Iran and Russia joint cooperation for fighting terrorism in Syria has lots of dimensions."

Shamkhani called Iran and Russia cooperation in field of fighting terrorism quite strategic, adding that any decision for use of Iran's airspace by the Russian airplanes is related to the battleground needs for fighting terrorism in Syria.

If the Iranian defense officials confirm the need for use of Iran's airspace by the Russian planes, the Iranian officials could authorize the Russian airplanes to use Iran airspace for supporting anti-terrorism operations in Syria, the official noted.

He said that issuing permission for flying over Iran has a complicated process.

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