Iran Says It Will Hold Naval Drill With Russia, China ‘Soon’
BloombergSeptember 21, 2019
(Bloomberg) -- Iran said it will stage a naval drill with Russia and China in international waters after the U.S. announced plans to send troops to the Middle East, according to Tasnim, a semi-official news agency.
“The joint drill will be held in the north of the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman,” Tasnim said, citing Ghadir Nezami, head of international affairs and defense 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.”
The joint exercise will be the first by Iran, China and Russia in the Indian Ocean, Tasnim reported.
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the U.S. said it would send a “moderate” number of American troops to the region and additional missile defense capabilities to Saudi Ara