Iran, China, Russia Joint Naval Drills Kick off Tomorrow

Citing the Iranian Army press Service, the ISNA news agency announced the beginning of joint naval drills on January 21. The Iranian, Chinese, and Russian navies are going to participate in maneuvers in the northern Indian Ocean waters. The drills are going to be focused on firing against targets, counterterrorist operations, rescuing a ship from fire, and other various maneuvers.

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The exercises are aimed at strengthening the security of international sea routes, fighting piracy and maritime terrorism, and exchanging experience, the Iranian news agency reported.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported on January 18 that the Fleet’s naval group made up of the Guards Order of Nakhimov missile cruiser Varyag, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Tributs and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma had arrived at the Iranian port of Chabahar for the joint drills of the Russian, Iranian and Chinese navies.

"The purpose of this drill is to strengthen security and its foundations in the region, and to expand multilateral cooperation between the three countries to jointly support world peace, maritime security and create a maritime community with a common future," an Iranian official told ISNA.

Earlier, the Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Jagaryan stated that Russia, Iran, and China will hold joint CHIRU naval exercises in the Persian Gulf region in late 2021 - early 2022. According to him, the main task of the exercises was to work out actions to ensure the security of international shipping and the fight against pirates.

Last week the former top military NATO commander, Curtis Scaparrotti said that the proximity of China, Iran, and Russia is derived from their positions. He stated that Iran and China will be closely watching how the U.S. handles the Ukraine crisis, which is an illustrative case for the US reaction to potential tensions escalation over Taiwan and the Middle East.

Source: TASS

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