The Japanese government has protested to Russia over the military exercises of parts of the Army Corps of the Eastern Military District and the forces of the Pacific Fleet in the southern part of the Kuril Islands. This was announced by the Secretary-General of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country Katsunobu Kato.
“On June 23, we protested through diplomatic channels that the strengthening of Russia’s military presence on these islands, including holding such exercises, contradicts our position,” the politician stressed. He said that the Japanese authorities are monitoring the actions of the Russian military in the Kuril Islands.
On Wednesday, the website of the Russian Defense Ministry announced the beginning of large-scale exercises on the Kuril Islands and in the waters of the Sea of Japan. More than 10 thousand servicemen, 500 units of military equipment, 32 aircraft, 12 ships, and vessels participate in combat training events.