Iran: Joint Naval Drill with Russia Will Be Held in Indian Ocean, Not Persian Gulf

Breitbart | 8/1/2019 | John Hayward
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The Iranian navy on Tuesday rejected “false and incorrect” reports Iran and Russia will hold a joint naval drill in the Persian Gulf within the next few months.

Instead, the Iranians said the drill will be held in the less sensitive waters of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. Both Iranian and Russian media previously quoted an Iranian admiral saying the exercise would be held in the Persian Gulf and might even extend into the very tense Strait of Hormuz.

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A statement from the Iranian navy chastised Iranian media outlets for “misinterpreting” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi’s remarks on Monday by reporting the upcoming joint exercise with Russia will be held in the Persian Gulf, where tensions are running high after Iran accused the United Kingdom of “piracy” for impounding an Iranian tanker and retaliated by seizing a British tanker.

The Iran-Russia training exercise has been in the planning stages since April and will take place sometime in the next few months, although not many details have been made public.

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Rear Admiral Khanzadi said on Monday that he signed an “unprecedented” agreement with Russia to coordinate naval activities. He described the agreement as a “turning point in relations of Tehran and Moscow.”

“When we talk about the Indian Ocean, perhaps the most...
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