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Iran to Allow Russia to Use Military Bases 'on Case-by-case Basis'

FILE - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, in Tehran, Jan. 31, 2017. Zarif refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a "case by case basis."

Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in the past 18 months to turn the tide of the Syrian conflict in his favor.