The Russian navy on Tuesday introduced the deployment of its S-300V4 superior air-defense missiles to the Kurile Islands claimed by Japan.
The Russian protection ministry’s TV station, Zvezda, reported that the air-defense missile programs have been deployed on Iturup, one of many 4 southernmost Kurile Islands.
“Short-range anti-aircraft missile systems are already on duty on the island of Iturup in Sakhalin Region. Now the air defence ‘heavy artillery’ has arrived. The so-called large air defence system: the S-300V4”, the ministry mentioned.
The Soviet Union seized the islands on the finish of World War II, and a territorial row over them has strained relations between the 2 nations for years. Japan calls the islands the Northern Territories and Russia calls them the Kurils.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato on Wednesday mentioned that the nation has lodged a protest after Russia’s move.
Russia mentioned in October it deliberate to deploy the missile system on the islands for the primary time, however that the move can be a part of navy drills and never for fight obligation.