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Russia sends its defence missile system to disputed Kuril Islands near Japan

According to the Russian defence ministry, the northern Kuril island, which is a part of a strategically placed chain of islands that stretches between Japan and the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula, has been the site of the deployment of mobile coastal defence missile systems.

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Tokyo: According to the Russian defence ministry, the northern Kuril island, which is a part of a strategically placed chain of islands that stretches between Japan and the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula, has been the site of the deployment of mobile coastal defence missile systems.

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Japan claims that the Russian-controlled southern Kuril islands, which are called the Northern Territories by the Japanese, have been the subject of a dispute between both nations since the end of World War Two, when Soviet troops seized them from Japan.

The island of Paramushir is now home to Russian Bastion systems, which are equipped with missiles with a maximum range of 500 kilometres (310 miles), the Russian defence ministry said on Monday.

According to government authorities, a military camp has been established on Paramushir with a lot of amenities all year long, such as lodging, entertainment, and food for servicemen.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated that the government will closely monitor Russian military activity, noting that it has been escalating in the region’s far east in tandem with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The invasion is described as a “special operation” by Russia.

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The report, which was published on the center’s website, states that “Russia’s steps to increase its presence suggest that the islands will continue to play an evil role in the future of Russo-Japanese relations. Therefore, Japan and the United States should deepen consultations regarding Russia’s activities in the region.

Japan joined its Western allies in imposing economic sanctions on Russia after it allowed tens of thousands of military personnel to enter Ukraine in what Moscow calls a “special military operation.” Ukraine and its allies say Russia launched an unprovoked war.

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