Japan and Russia have been in a stand-off that could get worse because of missile deployments. According to reports, Russia’s deployment of anti-ship missile complexes on the southern Kuril Islands could push the ante of the decades-long conflict. Will Japan and Russia go to war?
Russia and Japan are trying to fix their relationship, but the nations may have to do more. Moscow’s decision to install Bal and Bastion missile complexes (NATO code names Sennight and Stooge) on the disputed Kuril Islands could be detrimental to the attempt.
The deployment happened before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While weapons capabilities could be used to ease tensions, there is one but. The Bal complex, armed with the X-35 anti-ship missile, is capable of hitting targets up to 120 kilometers.
Japan And Russia Could Go Into War
Ivan Konovalov, head of military policy and economics section at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, said that there is no point in exaggerating the deployment. Though the expert is open to the idea that it might be a show of force.
“Deployment of the missile complexes has been part and parcel of the on-going reform of the Russian armed forces, launched back in 2008. For too long the Far Eastern regions were neglected in terms of military infrastructure and rearmament. It was long overdue,” RBTH quoted the official.
“The current build-up was planned long ago. It mirrors the same military upgrade taking place in the most western part of Russia, the Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea.”
Russia And Ukraine Spat
Russia is also in a spat with Ukraine. Moscow protested Ukraine’s attempt to test missiles. The Kiev came to its defense.
“Ukraine carries out the missile tests within the framework of all the international obligations and treaties,” Sky News quoted Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Secretary, Oleksandr Turchynov.
“That’s why we ask Russia not to hinder the tests by its hysterics and provocations.”
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