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Russia Navy Trains with China, Considers Ditching U.S. Dollars Over Sanctions Threat

The Chinese Defense Ministry echoed this itinerary of the training and lauded the exercise as a demonstration of the growing ties between the two powers and their armed forces.
Russia Navy Trains with China, Considers Ditching U.S. Dollars Over Sanctions Threat
The national flag of China and the flag of the Russian Navy are seen on a warship during the joint Peaceful Sea-2022 anti-piracy exercise conducted by the two nations in the Arabian Sea on January 25. Beijing and Moscow have repeatedly boasted that their strategic partnership is the best its been in history and they have pursued military cooperation and coordination on unprecedented levels in recent years. RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE


Russia has conducted another round of joint naval exercises with China at a time when tensions over the Ukraine crisis have pushed Moscow to openly consider accelerating its decision to ditch the U.S. dollar in favor of its national currency when dealing with top trade partner Beijing.

Russian and Chinese warships joined forces for the “Peaceful Sea-2022” anti-piracy drills in the Arabian Sea. The maneuvers involved the Russian Pacific Fleet’s Slava-class missile cruiser Varyag, Udaloy-class large anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma as well as Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Ürümqi and Type 903A supply ship Taihu.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that the two navies worked together on tactical maneuvering, inspections and the freeing of a ship that was simulated to have been seized by maritime militants.

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