Iran says 'ungentlemanly' Russia will no longer use Iranian bases

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman says Russia will stop using Iranian air base for Syria airstrikes for the time being. The announcement comes after Iran's defence minister chastised Russia, saying Moscow's announcement on using Iranian bases for attacks on Syrian militants was "kind of show off and ungentlemanly."

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In this frame grab provided by Russian Defence Ministry press service, Russian long range bomber Tu-22M3 flies during an airstrike over Aleppo region of Syria on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Associated Press)

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman says Russia will stop using Iranian air base for Syria airstrikes for the time being.

The announcement comes after Iran's defence minister chastised Russia, saying Moscow's announcement on using Iranian bases for attacks on Syrian militants was "kind of show off and ungentlemanly."

State TV's website on Monday quoted Gen. Hossein Dehghan as saying "Russians seek to show that they are a superpower."

Dehghan's remarks were the first sign of pushback from Tehran after Russia last week began using Iranian territory to launch airstrikes in Syria, with Moscow's bombers flying out of the Islamic Republic for three straight days to hit what Russia says are Islamic State targets and other militants in the war-ravaged country.

Iran only confirmed the flights and the use of its bases a day after Russia made the announcement.

Dehghan's comments suggest Iran may not have wanted the flights publicized to such an extent.