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Iran hosts Russian navy chief, seeks to boost China triangle

Russian and Iranian commanders discussed forming joint committees tasked with deepening cooperation as sanctions-hit Tehran continues to lean on Moscow. 

TEHRAN — Russia's navy commander Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov visited Tehran on Tuesday where he discussed boosting bilateral cooperation with his counterpart Shahram Irani,   

The Iranian navy chief called for a joint committee to be set up for "further interaction in training and technical fields," according to the state-run IRNA news agency. 

"The enemy is pushing to disrupt the Iran-China-Russia triangle and block the trilateral cooperation," Irani said, noting that the three countries have still managed to move forward together.  

The meeting took place less than two months after Iran, Russia and China held four days of joint naval drills in the Gulf of Oman, where Iran's Jamaran Moudge-class frigate rubbed shoulders with the South China Sea Fleet warship the Nanning and the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov.  

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