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China, Iran, Russia to hold joint drills in Persian Gulf

China, Iran, Russia to hold joint drills in Persian Gulf

The joint maritime exercises in the Persian Gulf are set to start around late 2021 or early 2022, the Russian News Agency RIA has learned. China, Iran, Russia will take part in the drills that will be focused on shipping security and combating piracy.

Levan Dzhagaryan, Russia’s ambassador to Tehran, has announced that three nations will hold joint maritime exercises in the Persian Gulf around late 2021 or early 2022. The exercises involving naval vessels from the three countries will be focused on shipping security and combating piracy, the diplomat added.

In an interview with Sputnik, Ambassador Dzhagaryan also said following the lifting of the UN arms embargo on Iran, Moscow and Tehran plan to engage in a constructive dialogue on an entire range of military products.

Commenting on the upcoming event, the Russian diplomat said that the defence cooperation with Iran has a rather long history of over half a century.

“It is being developed on a mutually beneficial basis, with Russia’s strict compliance with its international obligations in the arms trade area. Taking into account the lifting of restrictions, the Russian side is engaged in a constructive dialogue with Iranian partners on the entire range of military products,” Dzhagaryan said.