Iran’s military servicemen with the nationwide flag attend the opening ceremony of the airborne platoon competitors, a part of the Worldwide Military Video games 2017, in Guangshui, Hubei province, China, July 30, 2017. China Each day through REUTERS
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran and Russia are making ready to carry joint naval workout routines within the Caspian Sea, together with rescue and anti-piracy drills, the commander of the Iranian navy was quoted on Sunday as saying.
“Tactical, rescue and anti-piracy battle video games between Iranian and Russian naval forces are being deliberate and shall be carried out within the close to future,” the semi-official information company Mehr quoted Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi as saying.
Iran and Russia have held a number of naval drills within the Caspian Sea, together with in 2015 and 2017.
Iran and Russia have shut ties, together with in Syria the place they each again President Bashar al-Assad within the nation’s civil battle.
Khanzadi reiterated Iran’s opposition to the navy presence of any nation from exterior the area within the Caspian Sea, saying: “All international locations across the Caspian have the identical strategy,” Mehr reported.
Russia stated final 12 months it was firmly dedicated to deepening ties with Iran regardless of a U.S. determination to give up a global nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Reporting by Dubai newsroom; modifying by Richard Pullin