Nevertheless, Iranian leaders appear to have violated this crucial article. No foreign power has used Iran’s soil and territories as a base for military operations since the second World War. But, this week, according to Reuters, Russia revealed that it has used Iran’s territory, Hamadan air base, as a military base to bomb Syria. Iran immediately responded with fury, first denying the move, and later calling Russia’s move as a publicizing tactic and “betrayal of trust.“
Although Iran might appear to be sending a message to its rivals that Russia is still with Iran rather than with them, the revelation of this military deal by Moscow is a considered a blow to the Islamic Republic’s nationalistic slogan of “independence”. That is why Iran attempted to keep it the deal quiet but Russia had different calculations.
President Obama and his administration appear to, as usual, deny that they knew anything about this military action in order no to deal with this issue and in order not to criticize Iran.
Russia is also sending several messages to other Middle Eastern countries that Moscow is a more reliable partner than the United States; that Moscow comes to the assistance of its allies and friends by cooperating with regional nations, by using advanced military equipment, and by launching military strikes to defeat whoever endangers the power of its allies.