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Russian, Iranian navies kick off joint drills in Indian Ocean


According to a press release published by 17, February 2021, the Iranian Army’s press office reported earlier that Iran and Russia would begin joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean on February 16. The exercises included operations to free hijacked ships and a night shooting operation against aerial targets.
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Russia and Iran have kicked off joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Tehran Maksim Suslov told TASS.

"The drills have started today. We confirm this," he said.

The Iranian Army’s press office reported earlier on Monday that Iran and Russia would begin joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean on February 16.

"The Iranian-Russian ‘Marine Security Belt’ drills will begin in the northern portion of the Indian Ocean tomorrow," the press office said in a statement.

Admiral Gholamreza Tahani, spokesman for the drill, said the exercise his country was conducting with Russia was flexibly designed to allow several other countries to join it at any time.

In late December 2019, Iran, Russia and China held joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. The maneuvers lasted four days.


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