In a first, Russia and China likely to hold joint Naval drills in Indian Ocean with leading Islamic country
TEHRAN - In a first, Russia and China likely to hold joint Naval drills in Indian Ocean with leading Islamic country Iran, Iranian media has reported.
Iran is reportedly planning to stage a joint naval exercise with Russia and China in international waters after the US announced plans to send troops to Middle East.
“The joint drill will be held in the north of the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman,” Tasnim said, citing Brigadier-General Ghadir Nezami, head of international affairs and defence diplomacy at Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces.
“We have made no plan whatsoever to hold such a drill in the Persian Gulf.”
[image: Iran to stage Joint Naval drills with Russia and China]
The joint exercise will be the first by Iran, China and Russia in the Indian Ocean, Tasnim reported.
Notably, the announcement comes less than 24 hours after the US said it would send a “moderate” number of American troops to the region and additional missile defence capabilities to Saudi Arabia in response to last week’s link on the kingdom’s oil facilities.