Monday, August 22, 2016

Maybe Russia blew it, or maybe not.

Well so much for that. Iran now says that Russia is no longer using its territory to launch air strikes against targets in Syria because Russian officials had spoken openly about the arrangement. Iran's defense minister characterized the Russians' comments as "kind of show off an ungentlemanly."

So  either Russia lost access to Iranian bases, or Russia continues to use Iranian bases, but both countries will pretend they aren't and will keep quiet about it going forward. For the Iranians the main point is not whether they can use Iranian territory, it is that Iran not be seen as allowing a foreign power to use its air bases.