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Iran, Russia Considering Joint Drills
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Iran, Russia Considering Joint Drills

Moscow and Tehran are considering the possibility of holding joint military exercises and exchanging observers, Russian media reported on Tuesday. Russia's Izvestia newspaper reported, citing a source, that best practices in conducting joint drills were discussed during the talks between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and commander of the Iranian forces taking part in the 2016 International Army Games Brigadier General Vali Madani on Monday. Russia is currently hosting the International Army Games, which kicked off in Moscow on July 30. The games feature competitions in 23 disciplines.  A total of 121 teams from 19 countries are participatng in the games monitored by observers from 11 countries. Since the conclusion of last year's nuclear deal, which removed international sanctions on Iran, Tehran and Moscow have increased exchange of military delegations to boost mutual defense cooperation with the stated goal of contributing to regional security.

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