Only days after Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin reported Russia confirmation it had deployed its Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to Iran from which to fly missions against ISIS, Iranian officials say it was a temporary mission – and it has ended, the intelligence report has revealed.
It was the Russian source RIA.ru that had confirmed Russian bombers and fighter bombers were in Iran, taking off from “Hamadan airbase in order to strike the Islamic State (ISIS) and Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra).”
Now the Iranian source IRNA abruptly has revealed that the deal was “a temporary mission that ended.”
The new description of the situation came from Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi.
“Russia has no base in Iran nor has it deployed (its fighter jets) in our country. It was a temporary mission that ended,” he revealed.
According to the Iranian source, “Defense Minister Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan had said earlier that the Russian fighter jets used Nojeh air base only for fueling or arming in case of necessity.”
The statement said, “Iran has no agreement with Russia in this regard.”
Added Qassemi, “We have common views with some countries on certain areas, including on the fight against terrorism about which Iran and Russia [take] have common stand.”
NBC noted there was no reason given for the new statement, and Moscow had confirmed the end of the arrangement.
Moscow reported it “accomplished all mission goals.”
NBC continued, “Tehran’s announcement that the partnership had ended came just hours after Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan criticized Russia for publicizing their use of the base near the city of Hamedan last week – a day before it was confirmed by Iran.”
The statement by Russia was the first time it had admitted it had sent Tu-22M3 strategic bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers in Iran.
The Middle East Media Research Institute reported Russian sources explained the aim is to “shorten the flight time to targets by 60 percent.”
And also possibly to send a message to the West.