Russia deploys coastal missile systems on disputed Kurile Islands

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http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-deploys-coastal-missile-systems-on-disputed-kurile-islands/28133041.html

Russia says it has deployed Bal and Bastion coastal missile system on the disputed Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Russian Pacific Fleet’s Boyevaya Vakhta (Combat Watch) newspaper reported on November 22 that the missile systems have entered into service on the islands of Iturup and Kunashir.

The Bastion system has been developed to defend coastal areas stretching more than 600 kilometers and destroy surface ships. The Bal system’s antiship missile has a range of an engagement range of 120 kilometers.

Tokyo-Moscow relations have been hampered for decades by a dispute over the Kurile Islands, which Soviet troops seized at the end of the World War II.

Lingering tensions over the islands have prevented Japan and Russia from ever signing a peace treaty to formally end the war.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-japan-islands-missiles-idUSKBN13K09I?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday Russia’s deployment of missile systems on islands in the western Pacific isles that are also claimed by Tokyo was “regrettable”.

His comments came less than a month before Russian President Vladimir Putin is to visit Japan for talks aimed at progress on the decades-old territorial row. Moscow has already said it hoped the deployment would not damage efforts to settle the dispute.

Russian media reported on Tuesday that Bastion and Bal anti-ship missile systems were now in operation on the islands, part of an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean over which Russia and Japan have staked rival claims for 70 years.

The feud over the islands, called the southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan, has kept Tokyo and Moscow from signing a peace treaty to formally end World War Two.

“The four islands are our country’s inherent territory. We have conveyed through diplomatic routes that this … is not compatible with our country’s position and is regrettable,” Abe told parliament’s upper house.

Delicate diplomacy is underway to prepare for the meeting between the Russian and Japanese leaders in Japan on Dec. 15-16. Both sides have said they hoped progress could be made towards settling the dispute.

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“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday Russia’s deployment of missile systems on islands in the western Pacific isles that are also claimed by Tokyo was “regrettable”.

is that all?

“The Bastion system has been developed to defend coastal areas stretching more than 600 kilometers and destroy surface ships. The Bal system’s antiship missile has a range of an engagement range of 120 kilometers.”

slight escalation here i fear..

401

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~ by seeker401 on November 28, 2016.

2 Responses to “Russia deploys coastal missile systems on disputed Kurile Islands”

  1. And I’ll bet, in reality, nobody gives a flying finagle about that clay…

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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