A Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bomber during an airstrike on Aleppo.
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For the time being, there will be no divorce in the Russian-Iranian "marriage of convenience," analysts say, after a public spat was quickly contained following Moscow's announcement of its use of an Iranian air base to launch strikes on Syria. Earlier this week, Russia said it halted its operations from the Iranian Hamedan base having completed its objectives, adding that further use of the base will be carried out if the situation in Syria warrants it. Vakil speculated that Russia might have capitalized on a possible limited coordination with Iran to make it public that it is using the Hamedan base.Therefore, Balanche concludes, having disagreements over issues such as the Russia's publicizing of its use of Iran's air base or even the fate of Assad become "details" in the face of their wider shared interests in the region.When asked to elaborate on Iran and Russia's political objectives in Syria, with Moscow appearing more prone to negotiate Assad's fate with the west than Tehran, Balanche said the latest diplomatic developments indicate that the issue of Assad is not "important anymore".
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