Russia and Iran to hold joint military drills in Indian Ocean

Russia and Iran to hold joint military drills in Indian Ocean

Russia and Iran will hold joint military drills in the Indian Ocean region before the end of this year, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said.

"Regarding the conduct of exercises of the two countries' naval forces in the Indian Ocean region, we have reached an agreement, we hope that they will be held before the end of this year," IRNA cited him as saying.

At the same time, Khanzadi did not specify whether he referred to the Gregorian or Iranian calendar year. The year in Iranian calendar starts in mid-March, therefore, this cold mean that the exercises will be held before March 2020.

The commander noted that the parties would soon meet to discuss details regarding the exercises. According to him, Iran and Russia also continue negotiations on the development of defense and military cooperation in the Caspian Sea.

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