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Russia still could use Iranian air base in future, it depends on circumstances

Russia still could use Iranian air base in future, it depends on circumstancesThe Russian military aircraft operating from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria had completed their tasks, but left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted, Reuters reported on Monday.

Iran's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday Russia had stopped using the base for strikes in Syria.

On other hand, Russians in their statement confirmed they finished operating in Iran and further cooperation is possible

"Russian military aircraft that took part in the operation of conducting air strikes from Iran's Hamadan air base on terrorist targets in Syria have successfully completed all tasks," Reuter quoted Russian Defence Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, as saying.

"Further use of the Hamadan air base in the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Russian Aerospace Forces will be carried out on the basis of mutual agreements to fight terrorism and depending on the prevailing circumstances in Syria," Konashenkov said.

Last week, Russia used air base near the city of Hamadan, in north-west Iran to launch air strikes against armed groups in Syria. Russia and Iran are both supporting President Bashar al-Assad regime against rebels and jihadi fighters in Syria's five-year-old conflict.
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