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Russian Navy considers building base in Kuril Islands

Japan shows concern at Russian plans

by Ian Greenhalgh

Last Friday  The Russian Defense Ministry announced it will begin deploying new military hardware to the Kuril Islands and may even establish a new naval base somewhere in the island chain. 

Today Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Russia would deploy state of the art coastal missile defense systems to the Kurils; the apparent goal is to create an area-denial zone around the island chain similar to those recently established in Crimea and Syria. While these moves are seen as provocative by some, most notably the Japanese; Russia is ostensibly bolstering defenses that have become outdated and ineffective rather than making any aggressive moves.

The Kuril Islands are a disputed territory close to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan and Russian military fortification there  would doubtless upset Tokyo. Ownership of the Kuril Islands has changed hands between Russia and Japan several times; currently the islands are under Russian control, having been seized by the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II. However, both Tokyo and Moscow claim sovereignty over the four islands.

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Russian Navy may create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands — defense minister

Russia plans to deploy coastal missile systems and drones in the Kurils in 2016

MOSCOW, March 25, http://tass.ru/en/defense/865081

Russia this year will deploy coastal missile systems and drones of a new generation in the Kuril islands, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.
“Military units in the Kuril islands are being rearmed in keeping with the original schedule. This year coastal missile systems Bal and Bastion and new generation drones Eleron-3 will be deployed there,” Shoigu told the Defense Ministry’s board meeting.

According to the minister, the Russian Navy’s specialists will start a three-month expedition next month to explore the islands of the Greater Kuril Ridge for the possibility of creating a Pacific Fleet base there.

“In April, Pacific Fleet specialists will begin a three-month reconnoitering mission on the Greater Kuril Ridge. Their main task will be to see if it will be possible to create a Pacific Fleet base on the islands,” Shoigu told the ministry board meeting.

Earlier, Shoigu announced that the Defense Ministry planned to put the finishing touches to military infrastructures in the Kuril islands later this year. Last year air defense units armed with short range air defense systems Tor-M2U went operational in the Kurils.

Russia and Japan have no peace treaty signed after World War II. Settlement of the problem inherited by Russia’s diplomacy from the Soviet Union is hampered by the years-long dispute over the four islands of Russia’s Southern Kurils – Shikotan, Khabomai, Iturup and Kunashir, which Japan calls its northern territories.

After World War II, in September 1945, Japan signed the capitulation, and in February 1946, the Kuril Islands were declared territories of the Soviet Union.
During the Cold War, Moscow did not recognize the territorial problem, but in October 1993, when Russian president Boris Yeltsin was on an official visit in Japan, the existence of the problem was confirmed officially. However, the two countries have reached no compromise over the dispute yet.


Japan concerned over possible set-up of Russian Pacific Fleet base in Kurils

Russia’s Pacific Fleet sailors will start a three month-long expedition to islands of the Greater Kuril Ridge in April for studying the possibilities of setting up a Pacific Fleet base there in future

TOKYO, March 28, http://tass.ru/en/world/865467

The Japanese Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s recent statement that Russia’s Pacific Fleet will consider possibilities of setting up a base on the Kuril Islands.

The Russian Embassy in Tokyo confirmed on Monday that Director of Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Russian Division Tokuda Shuichi held a meeting with Russian Ambassador in Japan Dmitry Birichevsky.

“We are concerned with this statement by Defense Minister Shoigu,” Tokuda said. “If these words mean strengthening military infrastructure on northern territories (Kuril Islands), then this fact concerns us,” he added.

On March 25 Shoigu said at the session of the defense ministry’s collegium that “Pacific Fleet sailors will start a three month-long expedition to islands of the Greater Kuril Ridge in April.” “Their main goal is to study the possibilities of setting up a Pacific Fleet base there in future,” he added.

The defense minister said earlier that Russia would deploy Bal and Bastion coastal defense missile systems and new-generation Eleron-3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the Kuril Islands in 2016.

Tor-M2U (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) short-range surface-to-air missile systems assumed combat duty on the Kuril Islands last year.

Russia and Japan have no peace treaty signed after World War II. Settlement of the problem inherited by Russia’s diplomacy from the Soviet Union is hampered by the years-long dispute over the four islands of Russia’s Southern Kurils Shikotan, Khabomai, Iturup and Kunashir, which Japan calls its northern territories.

After World War II, in September 1945, Japan signed the capitulation, and in February 1946, the Kuril Islands were declared territories of the Soviet Union.

During the Cold War, Moscow did not recognize the territorial problem, but in October 1993, when Russian president Boris Yeltsin was on an official visit in Japan, the existence of the problem was confirmed officially. However, the two countries have reached no compromise over the dispute yet.


Russia’s Pacific Fleet in pictures

Russia’s Pacific Fleet takes it beginning on May 21 1731, when Okhotsk Military Flotilla was created to transport goods to and from far-eastern Kamchatka.
Today, the Pacific Fleet celebrates its 283rd anniversary. The fleet includes over forty warships and over 20 submarines.
Currently, ships of the fleet participate in joint Russian-Chinese Naval Interaction 2014 drills.

Images of the Pacific Fleet by ITAR-TASS.
http://tass.ru/en/russia/732413

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Ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet participating in Naval Day parade in Vladivostok

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Varyag guided missile cruiser (Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship) and Admiral Panteleyev large anti-submarine ship

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Sailors from the Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship Varyag © AP Photo/Xinhua, Zha Chunming

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Admiral Panteleyev large anti-submarine ship © EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

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A sailor stands guard on the Admiral Panteleyev large anti-submarine ship © EPA/MAST IRHAM

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Koreyets antisubmarine warfare ship © ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk

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Admiral Vinogradov Udaloy-class destroyer © ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Sayapin

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Gun mount of the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer fires during military exercise © ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Sayapin

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A Ka-27 helicopter lands on the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer © ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Sayapin

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Admiral Tributs Udaloy-class destroyer © ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Sayapin

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Admiral Vinogradov Udaloy-class destroyer and Admiral Nevelskoi major amphibious ship © ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk

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Major amphibious ships of the Pacific Fleet during assault landing drills © ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Sayapin

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Project 12341 small-size missile ship Razliv © EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

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Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets © ITAR-TASS/Andrei Babushkin

 

 

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2 Responses to "Russian Navy considers building base in Kuril Islands"

  1. Donald Moore  March 29, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Get over it Japan, you started a war and lost so the islands are Russian. Losers don’t set the terms, never had never will. Russia tried to give back half of them but you wanted all so you got nothing. Go Russia, put your bases on them that way they will never go back to Japan.

  2. seafrog  March 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Cool.

    Maybe they could come over here and use those missile launcers to shoot down planes geo-engineering our skies with all those toxic chemicals that are poisoning our planet for practice. A bonus if they would be so kind as to shoot them down over where ever the “people” who authorized their evil plan (geo-engineering) “live” – or exist – or whatever those parasites do (probably the same as cockroaches) to exist.

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