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Russia forgoes military drills on Northern Territories out of deference to Japan

Mainichi wrote that Russian Defense Minister Shoigu told SDF’s Joint Staff Chief Kawano on Monday in Moscow that Russia excluded the Northern Territories as a venue for the Vostok 2018 military drills held in September in response to a request from Japan. Shoigu reportedly told Kawano that although Russia had invited Japan to participate in the drills as an observer, Tokyo declined the invitation and Russia chose not to conduct exercises on the Kuril Islands in response to a Japanese request. Kawano reportedly welcomed Moscow’s response.

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