Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi says Iran and Russia have agreed
to conduct joint naval drills in the Arabian Gulf region “in the near future.”
Khanzadi, who was attending the Russian Navy Day celebrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia, made the announcement, saying the two sides have reached an agreement on holding the drills in the Indian Ocean, Makran waters, Strait of Hormuz and the Arabian Gulf by the end of year.
Heading a military delegation, Khanzadi participated in the Russian Navy Day celebrations, attended by representatives of 20 countries in Saint Petersburg on Sunday.
Elaborating on the outcome of his trip to Russia, Khanzadi said an agreement was signed with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on behalf of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran.
The Iranian Navy chief further noted that the agreement was the first of its kind between Tehran and Moscow and aimed to boost military cooperation between the two countries, particularly with regard to the naval forces.