TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has pushed back against the military dismissing its oversight following Russia using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria.
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani brought up the topic on Tuesday as lawmakers gathered in Tehran, a day after Iranian officials announced Russia’s use of the Shahid Nojeh Air Base has stopped for the time being.
The state-run IRNA news agency quotes Larijani as criticizing Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan for not “speaking properly” to lawmakers’ concerns. Dehghan over the weekend said Russia’s use of the air base was not their concern.
Larijani said Dehghan “should have observed the ethics of governing.”
The parliamentary response is part of the larger give-and-take between civilians and the country’s powerful security services since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.