23 May 2024
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ali Younesi, a top assistant to the Iranian President and a former Intelligence Minister, underlined that the permission to the Russian fighter jets to refuel and carry out anti-terrorism flights from Hamadan base in Western Iran was important and a correct step.

"The Russian fighter jets refueling in one of our military bases at one point with the aim of fighting against the ISIL threat shouldnt be seen as an issue that shows our power, and not weakness," Younesi told FNA on Saturday.

"I consider this military cooperation to fight against the threat of terrorism as important, strategic and necessary. I strenuously defend this cooperation and I rest assured that it was a correct move," he added.

Younesi underscored the necessity for Iran to develop cooperation with the powerful countries which share the same views with Tehran based on the constitution and national interests.

Russia on August 16used Irans Hamadan base amidanti-terror operations inSyria tocarry outairstrikes againstthe ISIL and Fatah Al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), but on August 18, the Russian planes left Iran.

On Monday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that further use ofthe Hamadan airfield forRussias anti-terrorist mission inSyria would be carried outin line withbilateral agreements withthe Islamic republic and events onthe ground.

Meanwhile, Chairman ofthe Iranian parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that the Russian military aircraft inIran are only allowed torefuel atthe Hamadan airbase inaccordance withexisting agreements.

By Fars News Agency
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