August 16, 2016 / 6:40 PM / 3 years ago

Russian use of Iranian bases unfortunate, but not surprising: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to carry out military strikes in Syria is “unfortunate but not surprising,” a U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday, adding Washington is still assessing the extent of Russian-Iranian cooperation.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Russia’s use of the Iranian bases would not necessarily prevent the United States from reaching a deal with Moscow to cooperate in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

But he added that “we’re not there yet” on a cooperation agreement, noting that Moscow has continued to strike moderate Syrian forces supported by the United States.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh

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