Just in case you’re wondering. Russian destroyers don’t go to Iran everyday so if one docks in an Iranian harbour you can bet your bottom dollar Russia is trying to tell NATO and the US something.
“Marshal Shaposhnikov, a Russian Udaloy-class destroyer, has docked at this port with the aim of strengthening military ties between Iran and Russia,” Vice-Admiral Hossein Azad said on Wednesday.
In November, Russian Caspian Flotilla Commander Rear Admiral Sergei Alekminski called for closer cooperation between Iranian and Russian naval forces. He said that a fleet of Russian ships and frigates would pay a visit to an Iranian port in 2013.
Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in February that the naval forces of a number of neighboring countries have expressed desire to send fleets to Iran and Tehran is ready to welcome them.
Sayyari added that exchanging naval fleets with other countries helps increase cooperation and mutual understanding.