Jan 9, 2019, 6:12 PM
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Russian expert hails joint Iran-Russia war game in Caspian Sea

Moscow, Jan 9, IRNA – An ongoing joint naval drill of Iran and Russia in the Caspian Sea is a sign of high mutual trust, according to the president of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Konstantin Sivkov.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency, Sivkov said that military relations between Iran and Russia in the Caspian Sea have reached good levels in the recent years and the naval forces of the two countries regularly commute between the ports of each other.

Noting that such measures help boost confidence and exchange of experience and information between the Iranian and Russian sailors, he said that the Caspian Sea is the sea of friendship.

Iran and Russia along with three other littoral states are cooperating to provide security in the Caspian Sea, Sivkov said.

Iran and Russia have also staged joint naval drills in the past, he said. However, he added that Iran-Russia joint naval maneuvers are not aimed to threat any other country.

He said that the goal of these war games is to coordinate measures of Iranian and Russian maritime units in the Caspian Sea to provide security in the Sea and counter terrorism and drug trafficking and smuggling which requires collective efforts of all littoral states.

Sad incidents in Syria and the infiltration of Daesh in Afghanistan indicated that a single country cannot fight with the phenomenon of terrorism and it requires further regional and global cooperation, the Russian expert said.

He said that at a time when the West refrains from effective countering terrorism and as some Western countries, the UK and the US in particular, are exploiting terrorism for their own interests, security and military cooperation between Iran and Russia gains further significance.
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