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Russia performs military drills in Northern Territories

  • April 22, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

By Takehito Kudo

 

MOSCOW – According to Interfax news agency, the Russian military’s Eastern Military District, which oversees the Russian Far East, disclosed on April 20 that it conducted exercises using the high-performance S-300V4 surface-to-air missile system it is thought to have deployed to Etorofu in the Northern Territories.

 

On April 19, the Eastern Military District began drills on the Kuril Islands (Chishima Islands, including the Northern Territories). About 1,000 military personnel participated.

 

At their bilateral summit on April 16, Japan and the United States confirmed their policy to move quickly to strengthen the bilateral alliance, and the military drills are thought to be aimed at holding the countries in check. 

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