The Russian navy will take part in an anti-piracy exercise with several NATO nations for the first time in a decade, Russia’s Southern Military District announced on Thursday.
The Aman-2021 drills, which will take place in February of next year, will involve anti-piracy exercises off the coast of Pakistan. The upcoming exercise is set to include 30 countries, with 10 engaging their fleets and the rest sending observers.
The NATO members that will be taking part in the exercise include the United States, the U.K., and Turkey. Other nations taking part will also include the Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, and Japan according to Russian news media.
The last time the Russian navy participated in exercises with multiple NATO members was in the 2011 Bold Monarch drills off the coast of Spain. Since then, the only NATO nation that has conducted exercises with Russia has been Turkey.