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

In this frame grab provided by Russian Defence Ministry press service, Russian long range bomber Tu-22M3 flies during an air strike over Aleppo region of Syria on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 (Photo: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52