BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The naval forces of Iran and Russia are preparing to hold joint drills in the Persian Gulf waters, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Citing Iranian naval commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, the Mehr News Agency reported that the joint naval drills will take place in Iran’s southern waters.
“Based on negotiations with the Russian Navy, the force will dispatch a fleet to the southern regions of Iran this year,” he said.
He went on to add that the naval forces of Iran and Russia will continue to cooperate in different operational, educational and technical fields.
In Early January, Khanzadi said that the two countries are preparing for a joint naval drill in the Caspian Sea region and that wargames will be focused on tactical, relief and rescue and anti-piracy issues.
These naval drills come just two weeks after the U.S. government announced that they were designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity.