Iran Chastises Russia for Publicizing Use of Iranian Bases

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia's Defence Ministry on August 16, 2016, shows a Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber based in Iran, flying after bombs were dropped off, at an unknown location in Syria. Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia’s Defence Ministry on August 16, shows a Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber based in Iran, flying after bombs were dropped off, at an unknown location in Syria. (Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters)

Iran’s defense minister is chastising Russia, saying Moscow’s announcement on using Iranian bases for attacks on Syrian terrorists was “kind of show-off and ungentlemanly.”

State media on Monday quoted Gen. Hossein Dehghan as saying “Russians seek to show that they are a superpower.”

Dehghan’s remarks were the first sign of pushback from Tehran after Russia last week began using Iranian territory to launch airstrikes in Syria, with Moscow’s bombers flying out of the Islamic Republic for three straight days to hit what Russia says are Islamic State targets and other militants in the war-ravaged country.

Iran only confirmed the flights and the use of its bases a day after Russia made the announcement. Dehghan’s comments suggest Iran may not have wanted the flights publicized to such an extent.