Russia conducts drills on territory disputed with Japan

Japanese media reported today that over 3,000 Russian troops are conducting military drills on Tokyo’s Kuril islands. Japan’s Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office could not be reached outside business hours to comment on the exercises. Russia calls the chain of four islands part of its Kuril chain, while Japan calls them part of its northern territory.

In its drills, Russia destroyed defence aircraft carrying troops and tested skills operating control systems of anti-tank guided missiles, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. Interfax did not say where on the islands Russia carried out the drills. This news comes days after Russia halted peace talks with Japan.

Russia withdrew from treaty talks and froze joint economic projects related to the islands on Tuesday. Russia and Japan have not formally ended World War Two hostilities because of their standoff over the islands, seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War Two.

Russia ended the peace talks after Japan imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. Japan sanctioned 76 Russian officials, seven banks, and 12 other bodies in Russia. This includes defence officials and its state-owned arms exporter. Russia’s foreign ministry said on Monday it could no longer continue peace talks with Japan’s “openly unfriendly positions and attempts to damage the interests of our country”.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Reuters

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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