Wednesday, November 23 2016 21:14 EET
Japan is ready to answer after Russia`s deployment of Bal and Bastion missile systems to Kuril Islands
Japan, Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, Russia, missile systems, Kuril Islands, Iturup, Kunashir, Bal, Bastion

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida stated that Tokyo will take measures if Russia deploys Bal and Bastion missile systems to the Kuril Islands, Uawire reported.

On Tuesday, Russia announced that the coastal missile systems will be deployed to the Iturup and Kunashir Islands, part of the contested Kuril Islands north of Japan and south of Russia’s Sakhalin Island.

Bastion coastal missile systems are equipped with the Oniks supersonic self-guided anti-ship missile and have a range of 600 km.

Bal missile systems are also intended for coastal defense, and are equipped with X-35 missiles and have a range of 120-260 kilometers.

Earlier reported that Sweden brought back Cold War weapons Kustrobotbatteri 90 on the island of Gotland to deter Russia.

Also Russia deployed Iskander-M in Kaliningrad, able to bear nuclear missiles.

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