October 23, 2021
Moscow (Reuters) -Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrol in the western part of the Pacific Ocean on October 17-23, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Moscow and Beijing, which conducted naval cooperation training in the Sea of Japan in early October, have built close military and diplomatic relations in recent years as relations with Europe and the United States deteriorate.
Earlier this week, Japan was closely watching the Navy’s operations as a group of 10 ships from China and Russia sailed through the Tsugaru Straits, which separates Japan’s main island and its northern island, Hokkaido.
“We passed the Tsugaru Strait for the first time as part of a patrol,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The strait is considered the high seas.
“The patrol mission was to demonstrate the national flags of Russia and China, maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and protect the subject of maritime economic activity in both countries,” the ministry added.
(Report by Polina Devitt, edited by Peter Graff)
Russian and Chinese warships conduct first joint patrol in the Pacific
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