Iran, China hold joint naval drill in Arabian Gulf

Iran’s Navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the Strait of Hormuz. (Reuters)
Updated 18 June 2017
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Iran, China hold joint naval drill in Arabian Gulf

TEHRAN: Iran’s Navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf.
The official IRNA news agency said Sunday’s drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran’s port of Bandar Abbas last week.
It said the scheduled exercise came before the departure of the Chinese fleet for Muscat, Oman. It did not provide further details.
The US Navy held a joint drill with Qatar in the Arabian Gulf on Saturday.
US and Iranian warships have had a number of tense encounters in the Arabian Gulf in recent years. Nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz.


Russia says hard to know if Syria’s borders will remain as they are — Ifax

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Russia says hard to know if Syria’s borders will remain as they are — Ifax

MOSCOW: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining its territorial integrity, the Interfax news agency reported.
“We don’t know how the situation is going to develop on the question of whether it is possible to keep Syria as a single country,” the agency quoted Ryabkov as telling Germany’s Deutsche Welle broadcaster. 
The Syria peace was high Friday on the agenda of Kremlin officials, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting in Moscow with United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura that US-led air strikes in Syria had harmed the peace process, the RIA news agency reported.
Shoigu said last weekend’s strikes were carried out at the least opportune moment, RIA reported.