Iran Ready to Re-Grant Its Hamadan Airbase to Russia

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Iran is again ready to provide the Russian Aerospace Forces an opportunity to use the Hamadan airbase, the Iranian Defense Minister said.

Iran Ready to Re-Grant Its Hamadan Airbase to Russia

Photo: Russian Defense Ministry

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Tehran can again provide Russian aircraft an opportunity to use the Noje airbase in Hamadan, the Tasnim news agency reported.

“If the situation and conditions [in Syria], under which it is necessary to provide support, require this, we will do this job,” Dehghan said.

According to head of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Ozerov, the need to re-use the Iranian airbase can occur, if the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, which is currently in the Mediterranean, will be far from the Syrian coasts and it will not be possible to use its deck for carrying out airstrikes on terrorists.

The Russian Aerospace Forces for the first time used the Iranian Hamadan airbase in order to carry out airstrikes on terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) terrorist groups in mid-August.

Shortly thereafter, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that fighter jets, which struck facilities of terrorists in Syria from the Iranian airbase, returned to the territory of Russia. Official representative of the department Igor Konashenkov said that further usage of the airbase would be carried out on the basis of mutual agreements on anti-terrorism efforts, depending on a current situation in Syria.

Since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015, the Russian air power used the Hmeymim airbase, located on the territory of the Arab country, for carrying out of airstrikes.

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  • Ronald

    This is a good development for Iran especially , as American , Israeli , and Saudi forces are less likely to risk an attack with Russian military presence there .

  • Byzantines

    What was the real reason that Iran expelled the Russians from the Hamadan airbase?I suppose the Iranian disagreement with Lavrov one step forward two steps back policy and his suspicious cease-fires every time S. A .A and allies advance in the battlefield.

    • VGA

      They were annoyed with the way the russians presented the situation, as if Russia was the superpower and Iran their local ally.

      Iran is isolationist and a little bit “too” proud.

  • Brad Isherwood

    Wasn’t there some Iranian politicians who Empire manipulated to bring up some legislation
    About Russia’s military assets in Iran at the airbase as illegal?
    Since then…and Russia ceasing operations, ….wondered if Iran was going to clear
    The Legislative side so that Russia could use the Airbase full time.

    This would help Iraq as well. …..ISIS,Saudi and Juice on the run.
    Oh….and then those British SAS special forces roaming the Syria/Jordan border.
    Time to run these trash off too!

  • John

    I could be off on this but, I get the feeling the first time the Russians used it, that was a sort of test. It’s easy to say there was drama, somewhere in some form but, that is not how the game has been played. The Russians don’t do trailer park diplomacy. It is possible that things are advancing along the lines of this article, in response to a process that is evolving. A good evening to all.