Russia says Tokyo’s deployment of U.S. missiles a blow to relations

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zakharova attends a news briefing in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends a news briefing in Moscow, Russia, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files

December 28, 2017

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A decision by Japan to deploy a U.S. missile defense system will damage Moscow’s relations with Tokyo and is a breach by Washington of a landmark arms control treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

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.

“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.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Alison Williams)

  • CCTexas

    Ok Putkin, Japan is a seperate free nation. They can do whatever they wish to do in their country. You fail to move against little Fat Man, tough for you. Go suck on a lolipop.

  • Bill Jr

    The U.S. Ambassador To The U.N. Went To The Podium And Said ‘Blow on This’ As a Loud Zipping (Actually Unzipping) Sound Was Heard. When Asked Why he Was So Blunt he Said, ‘I Didn’t Want The Meaning To Get Lost In The Translation!’

  • Jason Lamson

    Lol. Meantime, Russia sells missile batteries to a NATO member, Turkey.

  • FoolIggy

    Real SIMPLE Mr. Putin……

    You have an American President that acts as much as he talks!

    Bring lil’ rocket man to heal and there will NOT be any need for the Japanese Missile Defense System.

    Fail to REALLY ASSIST, and you and your Russian compatriots have chosen to protect lil’ rocket head over building the future and a more secure world with the United States of America!

    Your MOVE Mr. Putin in the game of World Chess!