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Russia building housing units for soldiers in Northern Territories

Citing a TASS Russian News Agency dispatch on Dec. 17, NHK reported this morning that the Russian Defense Ministry has built four new apartment buildings for military personnel stationed on the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri in the Northern Territories. The housing units are reportedly due to be occupied by 188 families next week. TASS said that the ministry is also planning to build similar housing units in two locations on Etorofu and one location on Kunashiri, as well as construct or renovate more than 200 facilities for both military personnel and civilians next year. NHK observed that this move is meant to put pressure on Japan ahead of the Japan-Russia summit in January.

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