* The nations began joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman
* Waters around Iran have become a focus for international tensions
* Iranian flotilla admiral said the message was ‘peace, friendship and security’
Iran, China and Russia began joint naval drills on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, in what Moscow said was an unprecedented exercise in naval cooperation and training.
Waters around Iran have become a focus for international tensions, with the United States exerting pressure for Iranian crude oil sales and other trade ties to be cut off.
‘The message of this exercise is peace, friendship and lasting security through cooperation and unity… and its result will be to show that Iran cannot be isolated,’ Iranian flotilla admiral Gholamreza Tahani said on state television.
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Russia, China, Iran start joint naval drills in Indian Ocean — Reuters
China, Russia, Iran begin joint naval drills — DW
China, Russia and Iran hold joint naval drills in Gulf of Oman — CNN
Iran Highlights Naval Exercises With Russia,China Amid Isolation — Radio Farda
China, Russia, Iran start joint naval exercise in Gulf of Oman — CGTN
Russia, Iran, China Begin Joint Naval Drills in Northern Part of Indian Ocean — Sputnik