Tehran-Moscow military relations at appropriate level: Iran Navy cmdr.

Commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, says military relations between Tehran and Moscow stand at an appropriate level.

In an interview with Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti on Tuesday, Sayyari said the two countries have held talks about holding joint military exercises pending the approval of their navies’ general staff.

He noted that Iranian authorities attach paramount importance to the development of ties with neighboring states.

Sayyari said Iran places expansion of relations with regional and trans-regional countries high on its agenda.

Iran and Russia conducted their first joint naval maneuvers in the Caspian Sea, involving about 30 vessels, in 2009.

The Iranian Navy recently dispatched two warships, the Joshan (Shield) and the Peykan (Arrow), to the Russian port city of Astrakhan to convey the message of peace and friendship from the Iranian nation to Russia and other littoral states of the Caspian Sea.

On April 21, a group of Russian Navy warships docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas after a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.

The fleet, which comprised Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine destroyer and the logistic battleships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi vessel with a crew of 712, entered the Iranian naval zone in a bid to further strengthen relations between Tehran and Moscow and promote bilateral naval cooperation to maintain maritime security.

By Press TV


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