Professor Behrooz Comments on Iran Revoking Russia's Use of Air Base

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
TAMPA BAY TIMES -- Maziar Behrooz, a History professor at San Francisco State University and an expert on Iran-Russia relations, said Iran’s withdrawal of permission, at the very least, signaled “a lack of coordination between the Iranians and Russians” over how — or even whether — the deal would remain secret. “The Russians went public with this without assuring adequate sensitivities to Iran’s internal dynamics, in order to perhaps score a point and boost their prestige,” Behrooz said. “If the Russians hadn’t exposed this, no problem would have arisen.”