A Russian navy fleet has docked at the northern Iranian port city of Anzali in a bid to boost friendly maritime ties between the two countries.
On Friday, the two Russian warships – Volgodonsk and Mahachkala – arrived in Anzali for a three-day stay with around 130 personnel on board.
Upon arrival, Capt. Kirill Taranenko, the commander of the Russian fleet, met with Rear Admiral Afshin Rezaei Haddad, the commander of Iran’s Fourth Maritime Zone in the port city.
“The maritime relations between Russia and Iran will be expanded and we will go ahead with our official and unofficial visits to Iran,” Taranenko vowed, adding that the two sides plan to hold a joint naval exercise during their stay.
Haddad also noted that the Russian forces are scheduled to visit Iranian navy units in the area.
“Iranian forces will most likely pay a visit to Russia in mid-October,” he went on to say.
This is the third visit by a Russian fleet to Anzali, with the first two being made in 2007 and 2014.