MOSCOW, October 23 (Reuters) – Russian and Chinese warships carried out their first joint patrols in the western Pacific Ocean from October 17 to 23, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Moscow and Beijing, which held naval cooperation exercises in the Sea of Japan in early October, have forged closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years at a time when their relations with the West have deteriorated. . Read more
Naval maneuvers were closely watched by Japan, which said earlier this week that a group of 10 Chinese and Russian ships sailed the Tsugaru Strait separating the main island of Japan and its northern island of Hokkaido. Read more
“The group of ships crossed the Tsugaru Strait for the first time as part of the patrol,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in the statement. The strait is considered international waters.
“The tasks of the patrols were the demonstration of the flags of the Russian and Chinese states, the maintenance of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the supervision of the subjects of the maritime economic activities of the two countries,” added the ministry.
Reporting by Polina Devitt Editing by Peter Graff
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