Russia sends defensive missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan | Russia

Russia has deployed coastal defense missile systems near Pacific Islands Japan also claimed, a move intended to underscore Moscow’s firm position in the dispute.

Bastion missile systems were relocated to Matua, a deserted volcanic island in the middle of the Kuril island chain. Japan It claims four of the southern islands.

The Russian Defense Ministry released a video on Thursday showing huge missile carriers moving ashore from amphibious landing ships and heading along the coast of the volcanic island to take firing positions as part of the exercises. The ministry said the deployment included the construction of staff accommodation, vehicle sheds and other infrastructure.

A photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows Bastion missile launchers moving to their positions on Matua Island.
A photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows Bastion missile launchers moving to their positions on Matua Island. Photo: AP

The Bastion is capable of hitting naval targets at a range of up to 500 kilometers (270 nautical miles).

Russia in recent years aims to strengthen its military presence in the Kuril Islands, which were seized by the Soviet Union in the last days of World War II.

In 2016, Bal and the Bastion stationed coastal defense missile systems On two of the four southernmost Kuril Islands. In subsequent years, it sent high-quality air defense missile systems there and established an air base on the island of Iturup, where combat aircraft were deployed.

Japan asserts its territorial rights to the four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain and calls them the Northern Territories. discord Banning countries from signing a peace treaty Official end of hostilities.

The oval-shaped island of Matua, which is 11 kilometers long, hosted a Japanese military base during World War II. After the Soviet seizure of the Kuril Islands, Matua was home to a Soviet military base that closed amid a lack of funding after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has the sovereign right to deploy its military forces wherever it deems necessary on its territory. He added that Russia values ​​relations with Japan and remains committed to efforts to negotiate a settlement.

“We have the political will to pursue a comprehensive dialogue with our Japanese partners in order to find ways for a settlement,” Peskov told reporters.

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