Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari promised this Wednesday that the Iranian navy will be berthing in ports in the Atlantic:
“Our warships will soon berth at ports in the Atlantic Ocean,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari promised at a ceremony on Wednesday marking the return to port of Iranian warships that Fars said had taken part in joint drills with the Russian navy.
Sayyari said the Iranian vessels had been in the Caspian Sea and at the Russian port of Astrakhan. “The presence of Iranian warships in international ports shows the Iranian Navy’s prowess,” Fars quoted him saying.
Sayyari made a similar pledge to deploy warships in the Atlantic in early 2014. At the time, Iran promised to send its fleet close to American maritime borders as a counter to the US navy’s presence in the Gulf. But in April, the navy chief said the move had been canceled “due to a change in schedule.”
An Iranian warship in the Strait of Hormuz (illustrative photo: Alex Hicks, Wikimedia Commons)
Illustrative photo of an Iranian warship (Alex Hicks, Wikimedia Commons)
The US-Iran relationship remains tense and friction-filled, despite the US-led world powers’ deal with Iran, sealed in July, on curbing its nuclear program.
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has repeatedly rejected any future talks on other issues, and ruled out normalization with the United States.
Source: Times Of Isreal
Iran has always been the wild child of the Middle East, but these latest action should be raising concern. With the Iranians cozying up to the Russians, what will happen to the balance of power that has been so chaotically in flux in Syria and Iraq?
Iran has a history of flaunting its agreements, being primarily interested in whatever new whim the Ayatollah has had. A tacit alliance with the Russians during this critical point in the region may leave the US with even fewer allies in the area.
One thing is certain: Iran does not adhere to international agreements. This latest aggressive movement by the Iranian navy could spell new developments for the conflict in the Levant.