Moscow: Russia has started a comprehensive war exercise in the Kuril Islands marine region of Japan with 2500 military personnel, four destroyers and a fleet of combat helicopters. This exercise has started when the Japanese Prime Minister is on a visit to the United States and Japan has taken strong objections to the exercise. Japan has warned that this could put a strain on the Russia-Japan relations.
This Russian exercise is being conducted on the Kuril Islands popularly known as the ‘Northern Territories’ in Japan from the last two days. A Russian news channel has released a video of these war exercises. The Russian channel informed that a destroyer from the Russian ‘Pacific Fleet’ took part in these exercises. This is claimed to be a major exercise conducted by Russia in the eastern marine region in the last few years.
Advanced helicopters from ‘Mi-8AMTSh’ (Terminator) and KA-52’ (Alligator) categories performed air acrobatics during the exercises. The Russian media claimed that this is the first time the Terminator and Alligator were tested for war-preparedness in the eastern marine region. Missile attacks were carried out from these helicopters in the Khabarovasky region. Russian tanks and artillery took part in this ‘Live Firing’ and advanced Russian ‘T-72’ tanks also participated in the exercises. There was no information about the three Russian destroyers.
The Japanese government accused Russia of seizing the opportunity to conduct the war exercises in the Kuril Islands marine region, at a time when the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his visit to the United States. The Japanese government has expressed its displeasure to Russia over the war exercises. Japan has its right over the Kuril Islands lying in the region of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Spokesman of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga, said that Russia has incited Japan by conducting war exercises within the borders of the island group. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit Russia in the next month. Japan has warned that this war exercise conducted by Russia just before the visit, could affect bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, Russia has also been claiming its sovereign right over the Kuril Islands.