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Russia to hold joint drills with Japan, India: Official

Iran Press TV

Fri Nov 7, 2014 5:26PM GMT

The Russian Defense Ministry says it is examining plans to conduct joint military exercises with India and Japan in 2015.

Russia's Eastern Military District (EMD) plans to carry out international naval exercises with India and Japan sometime in 2015, the EMD representative, Alexander Gordeev, said on Friday.

"These are joint Russian-Indian naval exercises, Indra-2015, and joint Russian-Japanese naval exercises, SAREX-2015. The areas where the drills will be conducted, participants, goals and objectives will be agreed and approved by EMD representatives and naval forces of the participating countries next year at several conferences," Gordeev stated.

In July, Russia and India conducted the joint naval exercise, Indra-2014, in the Sea of Japan.

Military cooperation between the two countries goes back nearly 50 years.

Recent exercises included surface live ammunition firing, air defense and anti-submarine warfare maneuvers as well as operations related to maintaining maritime order and countering piracy, terrorism, and drug smuggling.

In October, Russia and Japan conducted the SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) in Russia's Far East.

In related incidents, Russia and China launched their biggest-ever joint naval drills in the Sea of Japan in July amid growing indications of a broad-based enhancement of ties between former Cold War rivals.

The naval maneuvers took place amid maritime disputes between China, Japan and the Philippines.


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