Defense Minister on Russians

[Brigadier-General Hossein Dehghan, Iran’s Minister of Defense, is asked why Russians, and not Iranians, have announced their using Iran’s air base in Hamadan. He attributes this to Russians’ showing off and being uncouth.]Host: Brigadier-General, you did not say why we did not announce this news first.

Hossein Dehghan: You should ask it from Russians. But Russians want to show that they are a super power, and can be influential in all security processes in the region and the world. On the other hand, they are interested in showing that they have an influential and decisive role in Syria, so that they can negotiate with Americans and guarantee their own share in Syria’s political future. They are after their own goals.

Host: So, you think that there was a kind of showing off behind announcing this news.

Hossein Dehghan: And they were uncouth.