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Iran To Conduct Maritime Exercises With Russia And China

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Biden’s recent gaffe in Afghanistan has portrayed the United States as a weakening superpower and some of our detractors are taking advantage to flex their military might. 

In an attempt to show off their newfound bravado, the hardline regime of Iran has scheduled a series of war drills with its allies Russia and China. According to Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan, the joint maritime war exercises in the Persian Gulf will take place later this year or early in 2022.

They downplayed the said drills and said that the venture will focus on fighting piracy and establishing a safe international shipping environment in the region. The timing however is a bit questionable for some critics, due to its announcement which coincided with America’s debacle in Afghanistan.

“It is vital for China, Russia and Iran to ensure the safety of international shipping. Most of Russia’s international trade is carried by cargo ships. Iran also relies on shipping for its oil exports. China’s imports of oil and gas and some other foreign trade depend on shipping as well,” Chinese military expert Song Zhongping stated in his article on the Global Times.

“To ensure the safety of shipping is to safeguard the economic security of the three countries. Therefore, it is normal to see China, Russia and Iran cooperate in terms of navy, especially their joint efforts against regional hegemony and sea pirates,” Song continued.

Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi who was responsible for the execution of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in 1988, celebrated the United States’ chaotic withdrawal in Afghanistan, even stating that the Biden administration’s “military defeat and its withdrawal must become an opportunity to restore life, security, and durable peace in Afghanistan.” Iran and Afghanistan were enemies in the past for their centuries-old sectarian and tribal differences, but that may change soon as they seek to form a new alliance.

Amid America’s plans to re-enter the nuclear deal with Iran and lift sanctions for the struggling nation, the rogue republic has ramped up their development of weapons of mass destruction. They have also denied the United Nations access to their facilities.

“Beijing and Moscow support Tehran’s reasonable demand concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue, and encourage Iran to strengthen its capabilities to guarantee regional security,” Song wrote.

“This can prevent Western forces from deeply interfering in the regional affairs in the Persian Gulf and Iran’s internal affairs. China and Russia may hope to boost Iran’s military capabilities by virtue of the drills as well, so that Iran can effectively counter the threat from the Western countries,” Song added.

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