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Russia Says Its Tokyo Relations Hurt by Japan's US Missile Deployment

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A launcher for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 ballistic missile interceptors is deployed during a drill conducted by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Dec. 22, 2017. (Kyodo via AP Images)

Thursday, 28 December 2017 06:49 PM

Moscow's relations with Tokyo will be damaged by Japan's decision to deploy a U.S. missile defense system, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday, adding that it is a breach by Washington of a landmark arms control treaty.

Japan formally decided this month it would expand its ballistic missile defense system with U.S.-made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors in response to a growing threat from North Korean rockets, Reuters reported. 

“Actions like these are in direct contradiction to the priority of building military and political trust between Russia and Japan, and, unfortunately, will impact in a negative way on the whole atmosphere in bilateral relations, including negotiations over the peace treaty problem,” Zakharova told a weekly briefing. 

“In practice it will mean one more breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by the Americans with, in fact, Japan’s assistance”, she said. 

Russia and Japan never formally ended their hostilities after World War Two because of a dispute over a chain of islands in the Pacific. 

Concluding a peace treaty between Russia and Japan would involve Moscow examining how it could be affected by Tokyo’s security commitments to its allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that Moscow's relations with Tokyo will be damaged by Japan's decision to deploy a U.S. missile defense system, adding that it is a breach by Washington of a landmark arms control treaty.
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