İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- It has been indicated that Iranian government might allow Russia to use its military bases for its operations in Syria.
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated that Tehran could allow Russia to use its military bases to carry out counterterrorism missions in Syria. He added that the decisionhad taken "on a case-by-case basis ".
The decision has been taken during a three-day visit, led by President Hassan Rouhani, held on March 27-28. In the visit, leaders talked about common counter-terrorism operations towards Syria.
This is aunique decision as Iranian constitution prohibits the usage of its military bases by a foreign force. However, it seems Iran is very passionate about winning in the Syrian War. Previously, in August 2016, Tehran allowed the Russian Aerospace Forces to use its Hamadan airbase to conduct airstrikes in Aleppo.
A senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences,Shazin, pointed out that Iran's decision "caused discontent" in Washington and Tel Aviv, He added that it could also create additional challenges for Russia. He said "Moscow has found itself in a complicated situation. Iran has been criticized by Israel, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region. Iran's relations with Turkey are far from being cordial. At the same time, Russia's ties with these countries are warm. This is why Moscow will have to carry out a complex political and diplomatic strategy in order to consolidate its gains and foster closer relations with Iran but also block any attempts to ruin our relations with other countries in the Middle East ".