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Monday, August 22, 2016

Iran blocks Russia for 'showing off'

Iran said Monday that Russian raids on jihadists in Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing runs.

"It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now. They conducted it and they are gone now," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran.

He left open the possibility of future Russian combat flights from the Islamic republic, saying it would depend on "the situation in the region, and according to our permission".

The Russian ambassador to Tehran, Levan Dzhagaryan, said Monday all Russian planes have left Iran's air base in Hamedan but that nothing prevents them from using it again in the future.

"There are no reasons to worry. If the leaders of our two countries consider it necessary and reach the relevant agreements, what sort of problems can there be?" he told Russia's Interfax news agency. READ MORE