MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti)
The Iranian Navy reiterated on Monday plans to extend its presence in international waters, including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, south of the Indian Ocean and the South Pole, Press TV reported.
Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Navy has the capability to extend its presence to the international waters in various locations in the world.
“International waters belong to all countries and we will be present in the international waters in order to protect our interests,” he added.
“We have achieved the capability of designing and building advanced destroyers, such as the Sahand, which we are fitting with modern equipment daily.”
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.