Iran offers Russia joint naval exercise

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has offered Russia a proposal to carry out joint naval exercises in May, western media reports said quoting informed Middle Eastern security officials.

The officials told WND that Moscow is considering the proposal but that there was no immediate decision from Russia.

The officials said the proposal was likely a response to Iranian reports of US vessels in the Persian Gulf.

The WND report said there have been reports that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has deliberately spent time outside the Persian Gulf as a gesture to Iran while the West attempts to implement its interim nuclear agreement with Tehran.

However, the Iranians believe the US made a decision to send warships toward the Emirates and Bahrain.

Last week, senior naval commander Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad said that his country sent a destroyer and helicopter-carrying supply ship to the Atlantic. He said the ships will sail close to the US maritime borders.

While Russia may not have responded to the Iranian offer of a joint naval exercise, Tehran’s ambassador to Moscow, Mehdi Sanayee, told reporters yesterday the two countries are looking for ways to expand ties.

“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed on the expansion of ties between Tehran and Moscow,” Sanayee said.

Sanayee was speaking one day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked by phone about regional issues.

By Fars News Agency


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