Russia in joint naval exercises with China and Iran in the Gulf of Oman

Russia, China and Iran are engaged in joint naval workouts within the Gulf of Oman. Among the many ships participating within the manoeuvres is the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov, a ship geared up with the fearsome Tsircon hypersonic missiles. The Russian defence ministry stated in a press release that the trilateral workouts dubbed the “Marine Safety Belt 2023” had begun within the neighborhood of the Iranian port of Chabahar. Throughout the naval drills, the ships will carry out “joint manoeuvres and can perform artillery firing within the daytime and at night time,” the assertion stated. These are the second naval workouts performed by Russia and China to this point this yr as Moscow seeks to shore up ties with Beijing and Tehran.  Final month, they befell off the coast of South Africa and concerned the South African navy. President Vladimir Putin has sought to ramp up political, financial and navy ties with China and Iran after he despatched troops to Ukraine a yr in the past, triggering a number of rounds of unprecedented Western sanctions.