Russia and Iran have kicked off joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Tehran Maksim Suslov told TASS on Monday.
"The drills have started today. We confirm this," he said.
The Iranian Army’s press office reported earlier on Monday that Iran and Russia would begin joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean on February 16.
"The Iranian-Russian ‘Marine Security Belt’ drills will begin in the northern portion of the Indian Ocean tomorrow," the press office said in a statement.
In late December 2019, Iran, Russia and China held joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. The maneuvers lasted four days.