RUSSIA, IRAN TO HOLD DRILLS IN CASPIAN SEA

June 28, 2013 - 18:47 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Russian and Iranian navies are planning to
hold joint exercises in the Caspian Sea in the second half of this
year, a Russian military commander said Friday, June 28, according
to RIA Novosti.

Nikolai Yakubovsky, deputy commander of Russia's Caspian Flotilla,
made the announcement after a meeting with the commander of a group of
Iranian guided-missile boats that were visiting the port of Astrakhan.

Iranian navy representatives welcomed the opportunity to take part in
the joint exercises, but declined to discuss the plans in more detail.

In 2009, Russia and Iran held their first joint naval exercise in
the Caspian, involving about 30 ships.

Caspian Flotilla commander Admiral Sergey Alekminsky said in an
interview with Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy in November that the
two navies could strengthen their collaboration in the future.