This is the third joint naval drill between the countries since 2019 as Tehran and Moscow seek to step up military cooperation with Beijing amid regional tensions with Washington.
Tehran is not happy about Azerbaijan’s victory in Nagorno-Karabakh against Armenia. And Baku’s restrictions on Iranian trucks entering the region escalated tensions between the neighbours.
Palestinian groups in Gaza launch rockets into the Mediterranean Sea at the start of what they called their "first-ever joint exercise."
Qatar held joint military exercises with Turkish troops on Monday, showcasing their strategic alliance two months into a boycott by Arab neighbours.
US and Philippines began annual military exercises on Monday against backdrop of tension over China's greater assertiveness in the South China Sea
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