US Military Does Not See Russia-China-Iran Naval Drill As 'Impediment' - Pentagon
Umer Jamshaid 25 days ago Tue 09th February 2021 | 02:00 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 09th February, 2021) The US military does not view an upcoming exercise of Russian, Chinese and Iranian navies in the Indian Ocean as an impediment to its ability to defend freedom of the seas and support allies, the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday.
"Navies exercise. I did an awful lot of that myself," Kirby said when asked during a daily press briefing about potential concerns. "Exercising naval capabilities is to be expected. I don't think we view exercises like this as an impediment to our ability to defend freedom of the seas and to support our alliances and partnerships around the world.
Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan told Sputnik earlier that multilateral drills will be held in the Indian Ocean in the middle of February. The navies plan to practice search and rescue operations and measures to ensure safe navigation.