Russian navy to join drills with NATO states for first time in decade
In a statement on Thursday, Russia's Southern Military District said the country's navy would participate in the Aman-2021 exercise that is due to take place in February off the coast of Pakistan.
A total of 30 countries will take part in the drills, with 10 engaging their fleets and the rest sending observers.
The participating countries include Russia, Pakistan, China and Japan, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing a statement from the Black Sea fleet that will be representing Russia at the exercise.
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu clarified to AFP that the alliance itself "has no exercise planned with Russia".
Relations between Russia and NATO have soured in recent years, after the US-led military alliance suspended relations with Moscow in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea.