Russia deploys missile defense system on islands near Japan

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Russia has deployed its “Bastion” anti-missile defense system in a remote part of the Kuril Islands archipelago, in the Pacific, near Japan, said the TV channel Zvezda, linked to the Russian Ministry of Defense on Thursday (22).

Japan claims the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands of the south, which Tokyo calls the “Northern Territories,” a territorial dispute dating back to the end of World War II, when Soviet troops took them from Japan.

The dispute prevented countries from signing a formal peace treaty.

Russia used large cargo ships to land crews and equipment on the remote volcanic island of Matua, in the central part of the archipelago, TV Zvezda said.

Russia is trying to bolster its military infrastructure in the region, the Defense Ministry announced in August.

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Reference: CNN Brasil

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