Russia calls military drills by Japan, US and Australia a potential security threat

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
2 min read

Russia said on Thursday that it regarded joint military exercises by Japan, the United States and Australia near the Japanese island of Hokkaido as a “potential security threat,”, and would strengthen its own defenses.

Relations between Moscow and Tokyo have worsened since President Vladimir Putin sent his armed forces into Ukraine in 2022 and Japan joined Western nations in imposing punitive sanctions on Russia.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the military drills had taken place close to Russia’s borders and that it interpreted them as a sign that Japan was intent on raising tensions.

“We regard such provocative activity involving non-regional states as a potential security threat,” the ministry said, adding that it had issued a formal protest to the Japanese embassy.

“We warned that the irresponsible policy of the Kishida administration is putting Tokyo on a path to escalating tensions in Northeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. We will take appropriate measures to further strengthen our country’s defense capability,” it said.

Read more:

Japanese troops drill on island in East China Sea seen as vulnerable to China

Japan, UK, Italy sign treaty to develop next-generation fighter jets

North Korea says Hwasong-18 ICBM test was response to US hostility

Top Content Trending