In an interview with Sputnik Persian, Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to the Iranian foreign minister, commented on the possible option for the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Hamadan airfield.
"I’d like to emphasize that Iran never gave to Russia full control over the Noje base in Hamadan. This airbase belongs to Iran and all activities at the base are controlled by Tehran," Sheikholeslam said.
In mid-August, Iran already allowed Russian jets to operate from a base in the Hamadan province. The jets returned to Russia a week later, after completing their counterterrorism mission, which targeted jihadists in Syria.
According to Sheikholeslam, all operations by Russian aviation in Hamadan were controlled by Tehran.
"Tehran never gave full control over the airfield to any foreign country. This would contradict the country’s constitution," the adviser added.
As for the possible use of the Hamadan airbase by Russia again, Sheikholeslam underscored that "if needed the issue will be agreed with Moscow."
"If the situation demands it, like it was in August, we’re ready to allow Russian warplanes to take off and refuel at this airfield," he pointed out.
The Russian Aerospace Forces may need to use the Hamadan airbase if the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser deployed to the Mediterranean is far from the Syrian coast and cannot be used for airstrikes, said Viktor Ozerov, head of the Defense and Security Committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament.