Russia deploys newest anti-ship missiles to Kuril Islands
The Russian Pacific Fleet has installed batteries of anti-ship missiles at its bases on the Kuril Islands, ensuring effective protection from landing operations and carrier-based aircraft strikes.
The Boyevaya Vakhta (Combat Watch) newspaper of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet reports that the Kurils Navy Base has received the Bal and Bastion missile complexes (NATO code names Sennight and Stooge) and is preparing to conduct training launches in the nearest future.
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Update #1: Putin ratchets up tension sending missiles to Pacific islands (The Australian/The Times)
Update #2: Russia deployed coastal missile systems to islands claimed by Japan (RFE)
Update #3: Russia deploys missiles in Kurils ahead of peace talks (Straits Times)
WNU Editor: The Kremlin is telling Japan to not be concerned about this deployment .... Kuril islands missiles should not spoil Putin's visit, Russia tells Japan (The Guardian). The Japanese are not convinced .... Japan vows to respond to Russian missile deployment to disputed islands (The Telegraph).