In pictures: Foreign marines descend on Russia

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It's a long way from the Caribbean, the South China Sea and the Gulf but Venezuela, China and Iran landed marines on the Baltic coast this month for a round of war games hosted by Russia, which has fostered defence ties with all three countries.

They showed off their stuff in the sand and water of a test range in the Kaliningrad region.

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A Venezuelan marine slogs through water on the Khmelevka range.
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Other Venezuelans attempt to leap over barbed wire.
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The Venezuelan corps numbers about 5,000 marines.
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Forming human ladders poles is all part of the package for the Venezuelans.
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Chinese marines carry a simulated casualty across a beach.
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"Casualties" are delivered into the hands of a Russian medical unit.
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For these Chinese marines, there is a crawl under barbed wire.
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The People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps numbered about 20,000 personnel until recently, but is expected to expand considerably.
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Iranian marines do some heavy lifting too.
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Iran is believed to have some 2,600 marines, in addition to naval infantry.
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The marine games are just one part of the International Army Games, which Russia has been organising annually since 2015.

All photos by Vitaly Nevar, copyright of Reuters.