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Japan protested Russia over the deployment of missiles on the Kuril Islands

Япония выразила протест России из-за размещения ракет на КурилахIn the Japanese government believe that Russia should strengthen its military presence on the Islands.

Japan has declared the protest of Russia in connection with the deployment of Russian anti-ship missiles on the southern part of the Kuril Islands. This information was confirmed in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan.

“The protest was directed through the diplomatic channel on November 24. The increased military presence of Russia on the four Northern Islands are not compatible with our position in respect of these Islands, we regret in this regard”, – said the Agency.

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Previously, the Agency Kyodo reported that foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, answering a question of one of deputies in the upper house of Parliament on the situation with the missile deployment, said that the Japanese side protested.

Recall that Japan claims to Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed.

The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them has the appropriate international legal formalization.

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As previously reported, on November 22 it became known that Russia has deployed in the Kuril Islands two divisions of missiles Bal and Bastion. The Russian military is preparing to conduct firing exercises.

The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the deployment of missiles on the Kuril Islands was conducted in the framework of the planned work to ensure national security.

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