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On January 18th, 2022, TASS said in a report that Russia’s Pacific Fleet has unveiled plans for a joint naval exercise. At this naval joint exercise will participate China, Russia and Iran.

In 2019, the Chinese Navy, together with its Russian and Iranian counterparts, conducted a four-day military drill on the Gulf. According to Chinese military officials, the drill also conveys a goodwill gesture and exhibits China’s ability to maintain world peace and maritime security.

The Pacific 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 has anchored in the roadstead of the Chabahar port in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the port, the Russian Navy’s official delegation will take part in a planning conference on holding joint naval drills of combat ships of Russia, Iran and China” the Pacific Fleet’s press office reported.

It’s not clear the date when the drill will take place.

Song ZHONGPING, a Chinese military expert said for Global News that: “The three sides need to enhance cooperation in non-traditional security areas, especially in maritime security, as currently some countries continue to cause trouble in the sea, which is apparently a violation of international law“. He added that is vital for China Russia and Iran to ensure the safety of international shipping. Most of Russia’s international trade is carried by ship. Iran also relies on shipping for its oil exports. China’s imports of oil, gas and foreign trade depend on shipping as well. He added that is normal to see China, Russia and Iran cooperate with their navies, and especially in their joint efforts against regional hegemony and sea pirates.


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