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Moscow voices opposition to Tokyo’s plan to introduce new missile defense batteries

  • November 24, 2017
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NHK reported online on a press statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry yesterday ahead of Foreign Minister Lavrov’s meeting with Foreign Minister Kono scheduled for today in Moscow, in which it voiced concern about Japan’s plan to procure the Aegis Ashore platform. While projecting that the two ministers will discuss North Korea and other security issues in East Asia, the Russian statement said: “We will point out that the deployment of an American missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region is dangerous.”  Defense Minister Onodera reportedly reacted to the Russian view by telling the press this morning: “The missile defense platform that Japan plans to adopt is purely defensive in nature to protect our people’s lives and property from North Korea’s ballistic missiles. It does not pose a threat to Russia or any of our other neighbors.”

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