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Japan – Russia. Tokyo concerned about Russian exercises in the Pacific. The Kremlin responds

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Japan has sent Russia an official protest against Moscow’s planned military exercises around the disputed islands near Hokkaido, Japan’s chief secretary of the government, Hirokazu Matsuno, said. In response, the Kremlin assured that all exercises were held in accordance with international law.

Russian military exercises are scheduled for April 18-22. Moscow announced last week that it would also conduct missile and torpedo tests as part of an inspection of its Pacific Fleet.

Authorities Japan have repeatedly protested against Russian military activity around controlled by Russia disputed islands, which the Japanese call the Northern Territories and the Russians call the Southern Kurils.

Tokyo also expressed concern about the increasingly close military cooperation between Russia and the communists China.

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Russian ships of the Pacific Fleet (photo from 2013)ALEXEY NIKOLSKY /RIA NOVOSTI /KREMLIN POOL/PAP/EPA

Kremlin: everything in accordance with international law

The Kremlin, in response to the Japanese protest, said that all exercises are taking place in accordance with international law.

The Russian dictator talked about the Pacific Fleet Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu. In a recording released by state television, Shoigu can be heard talking about “imitation attacks on enemy navy groups” in the Pacific. In response, Putin assures that the inspections carried out show that the Russian forces in the Pacific are in full readiness, but Ukraine is a priority for Russia.


Chinese Defense Minister in Moscow

China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sunday and expressed his willingness to expand strategic communication between the two countries’ militaries to make “a new contribution to maintaining global and regional security and stability,” Chinese media reported on Monday.

Putin praised the development of military cooperation with China, emphasizing that the armed forces of the two countries “regularly exchange useful information, work together in the field of military-technical cooperation and conduct joint exercises,” Reuters reported.

US authorities have estimated that Beijing is considering supplying arms to Russia attacking Ukraine, but so far there has been no evidence of such large-scale deliveries. Chinese authorities claim that they did not supply Russia with weapons.


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