Russia publicizing Iranian bases was just a show-off

Tehran—Iran’s defense minister criticized Russia on Monday for having “kind of show-off and ungentlemanly” attitude for publicizing that it used an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria, the first sign of government dissent over the unprecedented stationing of foreign troops in the Islamic Republic.
The comments by Gen. Hossein Dehghan come after he chastised parliament this weekend for asking questions about Russia using the Shahid Nojeh Air Base to refuel its bombers striking Syria.
His remarks Monday, reported by state television, signal officials beginning to recognize how unpopular the decision could be with the public. There was no immediate response from Moscow.
Last week, Russia announced it used the airfield some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Iranian city of Hamedan. Iranian officials only confirmed Russia’s presence a day later..—Agencies

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