Russia and Italy will hold joint naval and ground force exercises in 2011, Russian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Irina Kovalchuk said on Friday.
The decision was made during the seventh round of Russian-Italian interstate consultations in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Kovalchuk said.
The venues and timeframes for the drills will be announced later.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Italian counterpart Ignazio La Russa also discussed other aspects of bilateral military cooperation, including the drafting of an intergovernmental agreement on the prevention of incidents at sea.
MOSCOW, December 3 (RIA Novosti)