FAST FIVE: Russia Deploys Missiles To Islands Claimed By Japan After Tense US Navy Standoff

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But the US denied that its USS John McCain violated Russian waters, noting that it doesn't recognize the Kremlin's expansionist interpretation of waters in and near Peter the Great Bay, where the encounter happened.  “We warn the US not to repeat the violation.

“The Russian military on Tuesday announced the deployment of state-of-the-art air defense missiles to the Pacific islands claimed by Japan,” the Associated Press reports.

Image source: TASS/Moscow Times “Russia's Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300V4 air defense missile systems have entered combat duty on the Kuril Islands, adding punch to the shorter range Tor M2 missile systems deployed there earlier,” it details.

Japan, however, refers to them as part of its Northern Territories.

The status of ownership of the islands, which Russia de facto currently controls, is still unresolved after 75 years following the Russo-Japanese war and as a treaty regarding their status is still being negotiated with President Putin.  The island has already been subject to military build-up with small operational bases, but the deployment of surface-to-air missiles is considered a major new provocation.

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