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Japan urges Russia not to hold military drills around disputed islands

Japan urges Russia not to hold military drills around disputed islands

Reuters · 07/28/2022 03:35
Japan urges Russia to hold military drills around disputed islands

- Japan urged Russia to exclude areas around disputed islands from military drills Moscow is planning to conduct in the country's Far East from late August, a Japanese government spokesperson said on Thursday.
Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands that Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a territorial row that dates back to the end of World War Two when Soviet troops seized them from Japan.

"We lodged a firm representation that the Northern Territories should be excluded from the areas for the drills," Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki told a regular conference.


(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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