On Saturday, Iranian Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan, announced that the country’s authorities could allow Russia to use its Nojeh airbase near the western city of Hamadan for Moscow’s aerial operation against terrorists in Syria if the situation in the crisis-torn Middle Eastern nation demanded it. Later in the day, the Russian upper house of Parliament’s Defense Committee chair, Viktor Ozerov, affirmed that Russia could use Iran’s airbase if the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which is used for anti-terror strikes in Syria, moves away from the Syrian borders for a new mission. Iran allowed the Russian strike force to operate from the base in the Hamadan province in mid-August. The jets returned to Russia a week later, after completing their anti-terror mission, which targeted jihadists in Syria. However Tehran then announced that it suspended Russia’s use of the facility.