July 12, 2010

Russia's Dangerous Military Exercise Near Japan

Japan Times, Japan Times

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The Russian military carried out a drill July 3-4 on Etorofu Island, off Hokkaido, ignoring a July 2 demand by Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada that it refrain from doing so there. Japan calls Etorofu and three other islands (including one islet group), northeast of Hokkaido, the Northern Territories, taking the position that they belong to Japan.

Tokyo lodged a protest against Moscow over the drill. As Mr. Okada said, the drill is extremely regrettable and one wonders why Russia conducted it at this time.

According to an announcement by the Russian Defense Ministry, some 1,500 soldiers and some 200 military and special-purpose vehicles took part in the drill, designed to besiege and destroy "unlawful forces." A...

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