Iran Slams Russia for Publicizing Use of Its Bases to Attack in Syria

Tehran denounces Moscow's announcement as a 'show off and ungentlemanly.'

A Russian air strike shown on videotape just before a humanitarian ceasefire in Aleppo, Syria on August 10, 2016.
Ivan Sekretarev/AP

Iran's defense minister is chastizing Russia, saying Moscow's announcement on using Iranian bases for attacks on Syrian militants was "kind of show off and ungentlemanly."

State TV's website 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.