Russia Says Its Navy Held Missile Drill On Etorofu

Russia says its navy held missile drill on Etorofu

The Russian Defense Ministry's newspaper says the military fired new surface-to-ship missiles in a drill last autumn on one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims.

Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Wednesday that a missile unit belonging to the Russian Pacific Fleet conducted the exercise on Etorofu Island with the Bal system.

Japan Protests Russian Drills Near Etorofu

Japan protests Russian drills near Etorofu

Japan has lodged a protest through diplomatic routes with Russia over its planned firing drills in waters near the island of Etorofu. Japan claims the island as part of its Northern Territories.

Russia's government told Japan's Foreign Ministry on Monday that the drills will start on Wednesday and continue through Saturday.