Russia to Deploy Weapons to Disputed Kurile Islands

Russia this year will deploy some of its newest missile defense systems and drones to the Kurile islands, where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.

The new weapons were part of a drive to rearm military units already deployed in the Kuriles, Shoigu said in comments broadcast on state TV.

The Bastion is a mobile defense system armed with two anti-ship missiles with a range of up to 300 km (188 miles). It has also been deployed in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The Bal anti-ship missile has a similar range.

Shoigu announced in October that Russia would build a military base on the Kurile islands.

Full article: Russia to Deploy Weapons to Disputed Kurile Islands (The Chosunilbo)

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