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The foreign Minister made a statement.

Japan finds unacceptable the decision of Russia to deploy fighter jets on the territory of the Kuril Islands. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs Taro Kono after negotiations with the Russian side in Tokyo, said the Agency “Interfax”.

According to officials, the military build-up in the form of placement of fighters and missile exercises is unacceptable from a legal point of view. The Minister expressed the view that such actions violate international law.

In response, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Kuriles belong to Russia, so Moscow has a right to deploy its armed forces. The Russian Minister expressed concern that Japan had allowed the United States to place on its territory air defense system.

The Minister of defense of Japan said that these systems exist only to protect the country and not put Russia at risk.

Held on Thursday talks were organized in the format of “2+2”, which involves the participation of Ministers of defence and of foreign Affairs of Russia and Japan.