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US says Russian use of Iranian bases unfortunate, but not surprising

US says Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to carry out military strikes in Syria is “unfortunate but not surprising”

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Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to carry out military strikes in Syria is “unfortunate but not surprising,” a US State Department official said on Tuesday, adding Washington is still assessing the extent of Russian-Iranian cooperation.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Russia’s use of the Iranian bases would not necessarily prevent the United States from reaching a deal with Moscow to cooperate in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

But he added that “we’re not there yet” on a cooperation agreement, noting that Moscow has continued to strike moderate Syrian forces supported by the United States.