Russian FM Zakharova hints at strengthening defense against Japanese hostility
Russia has said it is closely monitoring Japan’s hostile activities and reserves the right to boost its defense capability in response.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the remarks in a statement commenting on Japan’s “so-called” protest against the joint strategic air patrol of Chinese and Russian air forces on Tuesday, the agency reported. press Xinhua.
Cooperation between the Russian and Chinese armies is an important part of bilateral relations, and regular joint air patrols have demonstrated the high level of mutual trust and interaction between the two armed forces, she said.
These patrols were carried out in strict compliance with the norms of international law and fully met the objectives of strengthening peace, stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole, he said. -she adds.
Zakharova blamed Tokyo for clinging to these already traditional training events, distorting their goals and content and wrongly linking them to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.
The diplomat called Japan’s so-called protest “baseless and absurd”.
Zakharova stressed that the Japanese government is accelerating the strengthening of military-political cooperation with the United States and non-regional foreigners of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and conducting joint military exercises of an unprecedented scale. near the Russian borders.
Japan is seeking to connect to the Australia-UK-US trilateral security partnership (AUKUS), studying the prospects of deploying US medium- and short-range missiles on its territory and taking other provocative actions that pose a serious challenge and potential threat to Russia’s security in the Far East, she added.
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